Kuwait to Continue Port Project despite Iraq’s Opposition

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Kuwait on Wednesday said it was ready to take on the construction of a port that neighboring Iraq claims will have an effect on its shipping lines. Kuwait government spokesperson Ali Al-Rashid said his country “won’t be intimidated by any remarks,” hinting at those from Iraqi government spokesperson Ali Al-Dabbagh earlier Wednesday that urged Kuwait to suspend the construction of Mubarak Al-Kabir port on the Kuwaiti Boubyan island until Baghdad was guaranteed that its navigation and shipping lanes wouldn’t be affected. The port is estimated to cost $1.1bn.