Basra Governor Dr. Majid Al-Nasrawi said on Monday that his visit to Kuwait aims to express appreciation of the efforts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to tackle issues between the two countries.
"The wisdom of His Highness Sheikh Sabah and Iraq's strive to strengthen ties with Kuwait brought an end to all disputed cases including borders and war compensations," Al-Nasrawi told KUNA in an exclusive interview.
He noted that his meeting with His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah yesterday discussed signing twin agreements between Basra and Kuwait's Capital governorates.
Al-Nasrawi said the twin agreements are aimed at sharing experience and expertise in different fields.
Meanwhile, he added that they also discussed providing facilitations to Iraqi businessmen and merchants regarding entry and residency permits.
In that matter, he noted that Chairman of Basra's Chamber of Commerce and his deputy will meet with officials of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry to set a draft agenda for cooperation in trade and business.
The two sides also agreed on organizing a conference in Kuwait to showcase investment opportunities in Basra.
The governorate's officials are willing to facilitate investments for Kuwaiti companies, he added. As for Kuwaiti-funded projects in Basra, Al-Nasrawi pointed to the seven-storey Kuwait surgery hospital with the capacity to accomodate 250 patients, noting that the project is almost complete.
The official hailed the decision of His Highness the Amir to re-open Kuwait's consulate in Basra, where both sides celebrated the National Day of Kuwait for the first time in years last February. Speaking of security conditions in Basra, the governor affirmed that it is safer than other Iraqi cities, despite attempts by the so-called Islamic State to create chaos.
In the past three years, the terrorist group was only able to target the province once, said Al-Nasrawi, adding that Basra is a vital economic city where most Iraqi ports are located, while the governorate also represents 80 to 90 percent of Iraq's exports.
The governor thanked His Highness the Amir for co-patronizing the recent donors conference to support Iraq held in Washington last July, where Kuwait pledged USD 176 million in aid.