At the 148th regular ministerial session of the Arab League Council in Cairo, Khalid Al Jarallah, Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister, said: “Despite Kuwait’s efforts to open up communication channels for dialogue between Arabian Gulf countries and neighbouring Iran with a view to enhancing regional security and stability, the Islamic Republic continues to interfere in domestic Arab affairs.”
He continued: “The countries in the region still suffer from these interferences, the latest of which took place in my country in what is known as ‘Al Abdali case’ which impacted Kuwait’s efforts to revive dialogue between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries and Iran.”
The Al Abdali case refers to a terrorist cell, busted by Kuwait’s Interior Ministry in 2015, whose members are reportedly being sheltered by the Iranian Regime.
In June, 14 of the terrorists reportedly fled to Iran using small boats to reach a larger Iranian boat which was waiting in International Waters. Kuwait has since released photos in an attempt to locate them.
When the terrorist cell was raided, Kuwaiti officials discovered a large store of weapons, ammunitions, and explosives hidden underground at a farm in Abdali, including 24 hand grenades, 65 guns, 56 RPGs and 144kg of bomb-making material.
In September 2015, Kuwait’s prosecution service tried the 26 defendants, including one Iranian in absentia, for both the illegal possession of weapons, ammunition and explosives and spying for the Iranian Regime and their terrorist proxy Hezbollah.
In January, sentences were announced that ranged from death for the Iranian and a Kuwaiti defendant, a life sentence for one defendant, and prison terms ranging from five to 15 years.
In his speech Al Jarallah also called for the Iranian Regime to accept international arbitration to settle its dispute with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding the three UAE islands that are currently occupied by Iranian forces
He argued that the UN special envoy to Syria must be supported in their mission for a compromise deal, which would lay the groundwork for political change in Syria. The Iranian Regime, on the other hand, supports the Assad dictatorship and would not support political change there.
He also called for a conference on the rebuilding of Iraqi cities affected by the war against Daesh, but it is worth noting that the Iranian Regime is looking to capitalise on Iraq’s destruction and put down roots there, so they would not support a rebuilding effort.