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Kuwaiti minister receives Palestinian envoy

He is the first ambassador to the Gulf state since 1990

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Kuwait City: Kuwait Foreign Minister Shaikh Sabah Khalid Al Sabah on Thursday received the first Palestinian ambassador to the Gulf state since the Iraqi invasion in 1990, state news agency KUNA reported.

Top foreign ministry officials attended the reception of Ambassador Rami Tahboub, who is expected to submit his credentials to the emir this week.

Kuwaiti and Palestinian relations were strained over perceived Palestine Liberation Organisation support for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussain after he ordered his troops to invade the emirate in August 1990.

Although there has been no Palestinian embassy operating in Kuwait since then, there has been a small diplomatic office with limited powers.