Kuwait began closing the marine canal leading to Iraqi ports
Marine sources confirmed yesterday that the state of Kuwait began the process of closing the sea lane leading to Iraqi ports in the national territorial waters within a project named “port of Mubarak’. Meanwhile, a parliamentary bloc was created to follow-up the demarcation of the borders between Iraq and Kuwait.
A source at the National Iraqi ports said in a statement that the companies implementing the “Mubarak the Great” project and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Works, have started at dawn on Thursday shifting the stones from the Sultanate of Oman for the burial of the sea lane in the Iraqi waters, leading to the Iraqi ports at Umm Qasr located within the eastern facade of the Mubarak Port. The source added that the operation, which he described as the hugest in the history of the region, is going on at a rate of 1500 trucks loaded with stones per day. The stones the source said will be used to bury the extended area of waters stretching from the east of Bubiyan Island across the Iraqi waters towards the shores of Fao.
This is considered the mark to the end of the Iraqi ports since Iraq will have no more a waterway linking the country with north of the Arabian Gulf.
Meantime, Aliya Nassif, an MP representing the white Iraqi bloc announced the formation of a parliamentary bloc calling for protecting the Iraqi borders in response to the establishment of the Kuwaiti port of “Mubarak”, on the island of Bubiyan.
last week 100 members of the Iraqi Parliament signed a request to issue a binding decision for the government to stop the overriding of Kuwait over territorial Iraqi waters because such project will affect the Iraqi economy badly.