BAGHDAD: Governor of the Iraqi province of Muthanna Ahmad Manfy announced yesterday the discovery of a mass grave with indications that the buried human remains might belong to Kuwaiti martyrs who were executed by the former regime in the governorate’s desert. “Local security forces and intelligence found initial information of discovering a group cemetery in the desert of Al-Muthanna,” said Manfy.
He noted the local authorities informed competent authorities to take legal action to confirm the discovery. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently found some remains of suspected Kuwaiti martyrs in the desert of Muthanna, and took DNA samples to identify the bodies. Kuwaiti authorities have indicated that the human remains will be locally reexamined for final authentication.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the Iraqi parliament Mohammad Al-Halbousi, accompanied by a delegation, arrived in Kuwait yesterday, starting a three-day official visit to the country. Al-Dustoor news network said Halbousi was received on arrival by National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanem and legislators. Ghanem later held a luncheon in honor of Halbousi, attended by a number of Kuwaiti lawmakers. The governors of Kuwait’s six governorates, in addition to a bevy of Iraqi MPs, were also present.
Two days ago in Baghdad, the Iraqi parliament’s spokesperson Hamed Shaker told KUNA that Halbousi’s delegation will include Cabinet Secretary General, Hamid Al-Ghazzi, Chair of the Reconstruction Fund Mustafa Al-Haiti, 10 governors, the head of the parliamentary oil and energy commission Haibat Al-Halbousi and chairman of the energy committee Sherko Miroys. The Iraqi officials and legislators will discuss with their Kuwaiti counterparts means of investing the $30 billion fund pledged at the previously held Kuwait conference for aiding Iraq, he told KUNA.
The visit coincides with mutual efforts to cement and expand economic and commercial relations, with plans to carve out a free trade zone, facilitate cross-border commodity transport and businesses. Officials from the two countries, during a landmark visit by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to Iraq on June 19, held consultations on best avenues for boosting relations and cooperation in the economic and business sectors. – KUNA