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Kuwaiti FM Receives First PA Envoy in 22 Years

Kuwait Foreign Minister received the first envoy of the Palestinian Authority to the Gulf state in 22 years.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 1/11/2013, 1:16 AM

Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad
Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad
Reuters

Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah on Thursday received the first envoy of the Palestinian Authority to the Gulf state in 22 years, state news agency KUNA reported.

Top foreign ministry officials attended the reception of Ambassador Rami Tahboub, who is expected to submit his credentials to the emir next week.

Tahboub was reportedly sworn in before PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the post on Oct. 10.

Relations between Kuwait and the Palestinian Authority had been strained over perceived PA support for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein after he ordered his troops to invade the emirate in August 1990.

However, Kuwait’s foreign ministry undersecretary, Khalid Al-Jarallah reportedly said in August that the PA and Kuwait reached an agreement on re-opening the embassy.

“We are waiting for the allocation of a plot of land for the embassy and for the nomination by the Palestinians of the head of the diplomatic mission to achieve the official details related to the embassy,” he was quoted as saying.

Although there has been no PA embassy operating in Kuwait since that time, there has been a small diplomatic office with limited powers, according to reports.