KUNA: Kuwait arrests 7 Iraqi sailors in its waters

March 25, 2012 18:32


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KUWAIT - Kuwaiti coastguards arrested seven Iraqi sailors on a fishing boat on Sunday, saying they had trespassed into Kuwait's northern territorial waters, state-run news agency KUNA said.

The sailors had been taken to the Marine Security Department for investigation, KUNA quoted the coastguards' office as saying in a statement.

Diplomatic relations between the neighboring Gulf states have remained fraught since Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990-1.

Ties between the countries appeared to be improving earlier this month when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his Kuwaiti counterpart agreed to resolve a standoff over war-era debts.

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