Iraqi Airways flies into Kuwait row

Airline drops flights to London and Sweden amid war reparations dispute with Kuwait.

    Iraqi Airways could be dissolved as a result of the dispute with Kuwait over reparations [EPA] 

    The director-general of Iraqi Airways had his passport seized by the British high court, which ruled that the airline must declare its assets. He was later allowed to leave Britain.

    Escalating dispute

    Abdul-Jabbar said the Kuwaiti government had been escalating the Iraqi Airways row in recent days.

    "Our planes that land in Sweden, London and Germany, they are blocking supplying them with food, fuel and water," he said. "We have stopped our flights."

    He said that the Iraqi cabinet was considering declaring Iraqi Airways bankrupt. "If we announce the bankruptcy of our airline what will the Kuwaitis get? We can establish another airline company and put an end to this case. With this, the Kuwaitis will get nothing."

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Baghdad, said that Iraq had been making reparation payments for some time.

    "For years Iraq has had to pay 5 per cent of its oil income into a special UN fund. The government would like the government of Kuwait to write off the debt and forgive the past." 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Almost 300 people died in Mogadishu but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.