Unresolved disputes mar Iraq-Kuwait relations

Tensions rise between Iraq and Kuwait – and among Iraqi politicians – over outstanding Saddam-era reparations, border negotiations, alleged oil theft, and Gulf port development plans.
Protesters in Basra demonstrate against Kuwait's plans to build a nuclear reactor near the Iraqi border and a port that might congest Iraq's commercial waterways. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said he will take a Basra parliamentarian to court over accusations the ex-oil minister sacrificed territorial integrity to Kuwait in a gas field contract.

The impending lawsuit is the latest controversy stemming from contentious relations between Iraq and Kuwait, which remain hyper-politicized after years of unresolved disputes dating from the Saddam Hussein era.

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