Kuwait-Jordan ties warm after two decade freeze

May 17, 2010 19:22

AMMAN, Jordan — Kuwait's ruler has made his first visit to Jordan in nearly 20 years on Monday, in a sign that long frigid relations are thawing.

Ties with Kuwait soured after the 1990 Iraqi invasion of the emirate when Jordan was seen as having tilted toward Iraq. At the time, Jordan argued it was trying to solve the crisis diplomatically.

The state news agency said Monday Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah discussed with King Abdullah II ways for closer cooperation in economics and peaceful nuclear energy. It did not elaborate.

Kuwait is the top investor in Jordan, including $8 billion spent in real estate, the stock exchange and telecommunications. Bilateral trade reached $160 million last year.

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