The Palestinian prime minister condemned the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, a reversal that could help patch relations 13 years after they soured because of Palestinian backing for Saddam Hussein. Mahmoud Abbas, on a tour of the Gulf region, had postponed a visit to Kuwait because, Kuwaiti officials said, he was hesitant about denouncing the Iraqi invasion — as Kuwait had demanded. But Abbas told the Kuwait News Agency on Monday that the Palestinian leadership’s pro-Saddam position 13 years ago was “incorrect” and he understood why Kuwaitis were “angry and reproachful.” “Speaking for the Palestinian Authority, we condemn the Iraqi occupation of the state of Kuwait and the aggression against it, and we condemn the regime of Saddam Hussein and what it committed in Kuwait and Iraq,” Abbas told KUNA. He spoke in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, during a tour of the Gulf region. Full Story
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