In order to protest accusations by a lawmaker for the Kuwaiti Coast Guard of assaulting Iraqi fishermen, Kuwait summoned Iraq’s ambassador to the country on Wednesday.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Majdi Al-Dhafiri met with Ambassador Al-Manhal Al-Safi to convey his country’s rejection of the Iraqi accusations.
According to the statement, Al-Dhafiri said the accusations “do not reflect the deeply-rooted relations between the two neighbors.”
A video was released by Iraqi MP Alaa al-Haidari in which he called on the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia to deploy forces in the Khor Abdullah area, an estuary on the Iraqi-Kuwaiti borders, to protect Iraqi fishermen.
After the ousting of the former regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Kuwait and Iraq resumed diplomatic relations which were severed prior.