The Kuwaiti government is considering a partial cancellation of Iraq’s outstanding debt to the country. At an international conference on Iraq, held in Kuwait City on April 22, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Salem al-Sabah pointed out that the final decision lies with the UN Security Council. Baghdad still owes Kuwait billions of euros in restitution payments imposed in the wake of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on countries in the Gulf region to cancel his nation’s debts on the grounds that they are crippling the Iraqi economy. (Radio Netherlands)

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