| 29 November 2023, Wednesday |

Kuwait PM: Iraqi court ruling concerning Khor Abdullah included historical fallacies

Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said that the recent verdict of the Iraqi federal court rescinding the agreement on maritime navigation in Khor Abdullah has “historical fallacies” that need to be addressed.

The Kuwaiti Prime Minister received Iraq’s PM Mohammad Shia al-Sudani at his residence in New York on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly session.

He stressed the importance of urgent and decisive measures by the Iraqi government to address the historical fallacies against Kuwait in the court ruling.

His remarks were carried by state news agency KUNA early on Thursday,

Tensions escalated between Kuwait and Iraq after the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruled the agreement regulating navigation in the Khor Abdullah waterway between the two states was unconstitutional.

The court said the law that ratified the accord should have been approved by the two-thirds of parliament.

The agreement was reached in 2012 and ratified by each of their legislative bodies in 2013.

Sheikh Ahmad expressed Kuwait’s desire to finalize the border demarcation process with Iraq beyond seamark No. 162, in keeping with international laws, echoing a Wednesday call by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the United States.

He affirmed the need for commitment to both countries’ security, independence, and territorial safety and maintaining neighborly relations under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, notably Resolution 833 on borders.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat