In the wake of the tensions brewing between Kuwait and Iraq, officials revealed that during the meeting held between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Baghdad Ali Al-Mumen, the Kuwaiti demand to reach an agreement on the issue of compensations and border-conflict did not meet with success. Instead, the meeting focused largely on Al-Maliki's intention to present a formal apology to Kuwait on some negative remarks published in an Iraqi newspaper. One newspaper had reportedly described Kuwait as the 'little mouse.'
Furthermore, Labeed Abawy, Deputy Iraqi Foreign Minister said that his country will be taking necessary measures to solve the current dispute with Kuwait, while expecting a meeting to be held between the foreign ministers of the two countries to calm the situation and resolve the situation by holding dialogue.
Also, the Iraqi Minister of Defense assured that the comments made by some Iraqi MPs do not represent the Iraqi Government's official stance, reported Al-Watan.
Meanwhile, Khalid Al-Jarallah, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait said that Kuwait is not against Iraq's move to avoid the seventh clause of the UN charter, and asserted that there are international obligations that need to be fulfilled. He emphasized that the problem was not perpetrated by officials in Baghdad.