Kuwait denies diplomatic withdrawal from Iraq

DOHA (AA) – Kuwait's Foreign Ministry has denied reports that it planned to pull its diplomatic mission from Iraq.

In a Monday statement, the ministry said that its Iraq mission was still open, but that its operations had been "temporarily downsized" due to the current security situation in the country, according to Kuwait's official news agency.

Arab media had reported earlier that Kuwait had decided to withdraw its ambassador from Iraq.

In recent weeks, militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq's northern Nineveh and Saladin provinces.

The ISIL militants, whom Baghdad describes as "terrorists," have remained in control of similarly large tracts of land in Iraq's western Anbar province since last December.

By Ahmed al-Masri

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