Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (left) and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah KUWAIT : Kuwait and Iraq yesterday signed three agreements to encourage and protect investments in both countries and to regulate navigation in Khor Abdullah , where Kuwait's key Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port is being constructed. Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah said the agreements come to culminate improving relations between the two countries which have seen important developments in the past few years that included exiting Iraq from Chapter 7 of the United Nations Security Council . Two agreements were signed to encourage and protect investments between the two countries, while the third agreement was for regulating maritime navigation in Khor (estuary) Abdullah where Kuwait is building a state-of-the-art container harbour to which Baghdad had expressed some opposition. No details were provided about the two agreements. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the two sides also discussed security cooperation and coordination in the political and diplomatic fields. He said that the investment environment in Iraq has improved dramatically and that a large number of international companies are running major investments in Iraq . Zebari said that Baghdad has issued warrants to arrest those who fired mortars into Saudi territory close to Kuwait , adding that they are "outlaws and wanted people". He however did not identify the group behind the attack. He said that the government of Iraq has condemned the attack and that he himself met the Saudi deputy defense minister and explained to him the situation. He said that border police has also taken measures to prevent such incidents from happening again. Zebari also welcomed the agreement between Iran and Western powers over Tehran's nuclear activities, describing it as a major achievement that serves the interests of all sides in the region. On Syria , Zebari blasted the growing influence of Al-Qaeda -linked groups and said that he does not believe that the Syrian people will accept a state headed by Al-Qaeda . He also strongly condemned what he called "terrorist organizations" operating in Iraq and carrying out terrorist attacks against soft targets and civilians. Sheikh Sabah said that the only solution is Syria is the choice of the Syrian people and "this is what we are counting on in the Geneva 2 peace conference scheduled to be held next month". He said the Gulf states are taking utmost care to ensure that the representatives of the Syrian people attend the conference. All rights reserved.
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