Iraq Iran US Kuwait diplomacy defence January 24 2020 - 4:56 PM

Kuwait summons Iran envoy over Soleimani killing claim Kuwait City, Jan 24, 2020 (AFP) - Kuwait's foreign ministry summoned Iran's ambassador Friday after a high-level Iranian official implicated the emirate in the US drone attack that killed top general Qasem Soleimani, official news agency KUNA reported. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah expressed Kuwait's "amazement" at the claim that one of its air bases had been among those used to carry out the January 3 attack, KUNA said. It said he was referring to a statement by Brigadier-General Amirali Hajizadeh, aerospace commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. "MQ-9 UAVs (drones) were flying in the region (at the time of the attack) that had mostly taken off from Kuwait's Ali al-Salem" base, Hajizadeh told Iranian state television Thursday. Jarallah told the ambassador, Mohammed Irani, that Kuwait had already denied any role in the deadly attack in Baghdad. He said such a claim "risks damaging relations" between Kuwait and Iran. Soleimani had been at the centre of power-broking in the region for two decades as chief of Iran's external operations Quds Force of the elite Revolutionary Guards. bur/mh/sg/lg/hc

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