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Kuwait won’t attend Iran meeting on Syria

August 9, 2012
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait will not attend a conference that Iran is to host today on finding ways to end the conflict in Syria, a senior official said in a newspaper report.

“We have informed Iran officially that we are not attending,” foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah was quoted as saying in the privately owned Al-Seyassah newspaper.

A top aide to Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visited Kuwait on Sunday and invited the Gulf state’s top diplomat, Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah, to attend the conference in Tehran.

Several Kuwaiti lawmakers on Wednesday warned the government against taking part in the meeting “because Iran hands are stained with the blood of the Syrian people.”

Al-Seyassah cited a Kuwaiti “informed source” as saying Iran has invited Bangladesh, China, Cuba, India and Russia to the conference, in addition to Arab countries Algeria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Lebanon has already said it will not attend.



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