Iraq is grateful for the strong flow of Kuwaiti investments and undeniable political support from the fellow Arab country, said Iraqi President Dr. Fuad Masum late Tuesday.
Speaking during a meeting with a visiting delegation of Kuwaiti journalists, Masum affirmed that his country was moving forward after years of problems and crises, noting that Kuwait had played an integral role in aiding Iraq during its darkest times.
Relations were shaken during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990; however, both nations have worked together to overcome obstacles blocking means to enhance ties, said the Iraqi President.
Regarding the future, the President said that Iraq might need support and assistance by the year 2020 due to a number of factors which includes the presence of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the lack of diverse income resources, Corruption at the level of political and state bodies, as well as sectarian strife that threatens to destroy the fabric of Iraqi society.
He stressed that Iraqi will overcome all of these challenges and will extend its hands to the international community in cooperation and collaboration to achieve mutual benefit for Iraq and other nations.
On the subject of Kurdistan region's aspiration for full-independence, Masum said that the matter was not that easy, indicating that the issue required international recognition of the said independent state.
He added that there was no animosity between Arabs and Kurds despite what have been said, affirming that all sectors of Iraqi society will move forward to develop the country.
The Kuwaiti delegation included President of the Kuwait Journalists Association Adnan Al-Rashid, Deputy Director General for Editorial Sector and Editor-in-Chief of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Saad Al-Ali, and head of local department in Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas Ibrahim Al-Saidi.