Iraqi Airways resumes Kuwait flights after two decades

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari arrives at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City on February 27, 2013, on-board the first Iraqi airplane to land in Kuwait since the Iraqi invasion in 1990. (AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)

KUWAIT CITY: An Iraqi Airways plane landed in Kuwait City on Wednesday for the first time since Iraq's invasion of the emirate in August 1990, after a commercial dispute was resolved.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Transport Minister Hadi al-Amari flew in on an Airbus A320, to a welcome from Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah.

Kuwait and Iraq's national carriers reached an agreement late last year to resolve a 22-year-old commercial dispute, with Iraqi Airways agreeing to pay $500 million to Kuwait Airways.

Under orders from former dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait in August 1990 but were driven out seven months later by a US-led international coalition.

Kuwait Airways chief Sami al-Nisf, quoted by official news agency KUNA, said the Iraqi carrier will make four flights a week to the emirate, while only private Kuwaiti carriers are flying the route.





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