President Takes Initiative to Tackle Kuwaiti Prisoners Issue [Archives:2001/33/Local News]

August 13 2001

President Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed that Yemen is still doing efforts to help release the Kuwaiti prisoners in Iraq since the Second Gulf War. Saleh said while meeting the Kuwaiti Cultural Week (KCW) participants that Yemen is doing these efforts out of humanitarian reasons rather than political. He added that he would discuss this issue again with Taha Yaseen Ramadhan, the Iraqi Vice President, expected to arrive in Sana’a this week. Saleh confirmed that Yemeni officials have discussed this question of Kuwaiti prisoners with their Iraqi counterparts several times either in Sana’a or Baghdad. But, he said that Iraq denies having Kuwaiti people in its custody. Saleh stressed on the betterment of Yemen’s relationship with Gulf State. He said that external factors have clouded the Yemeni-Kuwaiti relations during the last decade because of the misunderstanding of Yemen’s stand during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. However, he said that relations with Kuwait are improving progressively.