Kuwait hosts 1st Palestinian leader since Gulf War

AP News
Posted: Apr 15, 2013 12:42 PM

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait says it has hosted a Palestinian leader for the first time in more than 20 years after ties were broken over the 1990 Iraq invasion of the Gulf state.

At the time, then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was perceived as sympathetic to Iraq's Saddam Hussein and opposed to the U.S.-led invasion to oust Iraqi forces.

The official Kuwait News Agency said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended a ceremony Monday to open a Palestinian Embassy in Kuwait City.

After Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait in 1991, the Gulf state's rulers expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers. Palestinians began working to restore ties with Kuwait more than a decade ago.