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Kuwait is significantly contributing in battel for Mosul - Spokesman Nadal.

By Mashaael Basheer P

ARIS, Nov 2 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait is significantly and effectively contributing in the battle to liberate the Iraqi City of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) through humanitarian aid, and backing the international coalition, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said Wednesday. Restoring peace and boosting humanitarian aid in Mosul is the "essential goal" after ending all military operations against IS, Nadal told KUNA in an exclusive interview. France and Kuwait share the "same concern" regarding the safety of innocent civilians from the consequences of the war and delivery of humanitarian aid to Mosul residents, he noted, adding that Paris, like Kuwait, exerts all efforts to prevent the outbreak of a sectarian war in Mosul after the end of operations. It is important to intensify international efforts to prepare for the next stage after liberating Mosul from IS, the French spokesman stressed, adding that establishing peace, boosting security, and supporting residents of Iraqi cities with humanitarian aid are the main goals. He also said the foreign ministers' last meeting in Paris; on October 20, highlighted the importance of the post-IS Mosul, describing the US-led international coalition's decision to oust IS from Iraq's second largest city as a "brave step" and priority for the region's stability. Meanwhile, Nadal praised the French-Kuwaiti deep-rooted ties, particularly in economic, commercial, and political fields, recalling the French stand during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and how it took the bilateral relations into a new level after Paris' commitment to liberate Kuwait by sending 15,000 soldiers to take part in the 1991 Gulf War. The regular bilateral visits by French and Kuwaiti officials reassures the two countries "excellent" relations, he said, adding that France is currently carrying out a number of construction projects in Kuwait, such as a cancer treatment center of Gustave Roussy institute, in addition to several military deals, last of which was equipping Kuwait with Caracal helicopters in August this year. Nadal also noted that French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has expressed to Kuwait's First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, during his recent visit to Paris, the intention to visit Kuwait soon to bolster bilateral ties. (end)

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Date:Nov 2, 2016
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