Iraq Cabinet Approves $500 Million to End Kuwait Airline Dispute
The Cabinet asked parliament to approve the allocation of $300 million from the 2012 budget and another $200 million the following year, al-Dabbagh said in an e-mailed statement today. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced an agreement with Kuwait to end the dispute in March.
State-run Kuwait Airways Corp. has been seeking $1.2 billion in compensation for 10 aircraft taken during former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Maliki agreed to pay $300 million in compensation to the carrier and another $200 million to establish a joint airline with Kuwait, which will contribute a similar amount.
Iraq still owes Kuwait about $20 billion as a result of that invasion. It is paying into a United Nations compensation fund even as its economy tries to recover from decades of conflict, sanctions and sabotage, nine years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Hussein.
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