Kuwait to resume flights to Iraq after 21 years

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Kuwait announced it will resume flights to Iraq later this month after a 21-year lapse between the two countries.

Al Iraqiya TV channel quoted Ali Al Mu’min, Kuwait’s Ambassador Iraq, as saying that Jazeera Airways will run flights to Iraq on 17 April.

The first flight will be take Kuwaiti personalities to Shia holy city of Al Najaf from Kuwait City, the statement added.

Kuwait’s second airlines has also been granted access to fly to other Iraqi cities including Mosul, Baghdad and Arbil.

Kuwait severed all connections with Iraq after the August 1990 invasion and subsequent Gulf War. The flights have been resumed following successful bilateral discussions between the country’s governments.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s aide announced in March that Iraq had reached a $500m agreement with its neighbour to resolve a Gulf War-era dispute over debts that had prevented Iraqi Airways from flying to destinations in the region.

Maliki’s media adviser Ali al-Moussawi said Iraq agreed to pay Kuwait $300m in cash, and invest another $200m in a joint Iraqi-Kuwaiti airline venture, Reuters reported.

Kuwait announced it would cease legal actions against Iraqi Airways in return.

Source: Reuters

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