The government is requesting to hold "secretive discussions" over the issue of Khor Abdullah, an inlet situated along the Kuwaiti-Iraqi maritime border, Minister of Justice Dr. Falah Al-Azab said on Tuesday.
In a statement to the press, Al-Azab, who doubles as Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs, said that the government is "ready to hold clandestine discussions over Khor Abdullah, given the sensitivity of the issue." Moreover, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Saturday that commitment to international laws and agreements, as approved by both nations' parliaments, is "needed to stave off any attempt to foment strife between the two countries." Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah noted that Kuwait "welcomes statements by Iraqi officials that aim to defuse any escalation of hostilities." Kuwait and Iraq signed an agreement in 2012 to regulate maritime naviagation in Khor Abdullah.