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Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah addresses a parliament session at the National Assembly in Kuwait City on February 19, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah addresses a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Kuwait City on February 19, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)

Kuwait City, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kuwait’s prime minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabbah, stated that his country will take action if it is proven that Kuwaiti nationals were involved with the Muslim Brotherhood cell arrested by the UAE authorities earlier this year.

In an exclusive statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, Sheikh Jaber revealed that the Emirati authorities had informed Kuwait of “two Kuwaitis suspected of involvement in financing this cell,” adding, “they asked us to wait until the investigations were concluded and we do not have any confirmed information.”

The Kuwaiti Prime Minister said: “The case is currently in front of the Emirati courts, and if we find anybody involved in this, we will not remain silent.”

During a closed session of the Kuwaiti parliament in January, the PM revealed that the UAE and Kuwaiti authorities were coordinating their response following the arrest of the alleged Muslim Brotherhood cell.

The UAE is currently in the process of trying a reported 94 Emirati nationals for sedition and links to the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming the group was plotting to overthrow the government.

In February, the Emirati state news agency WAM reported that those on trial included 13 women who had been charged but not detained, along with 10 others being charged in absentia.

The defendants are accused of “belonging to an illegal, secret organization . . . that aims to counter the foundations of this state in order to seize power and of contacting foreign entities and groups to implement this plan.”

In other news, the prime minister confirmed that his country has resolved its outstanding border issues with neighboring Iraq. He revealed that Kuwait has compensated Iraqi farmers who were adversely impacted by these border disputes, building 200 residential units to facilitate their relocation in cooperation with the Baghdad government.

He added, “I look forward to visiting Baghdad and am waiting for the brothers in Iraq to specify a time for this meeting.”

The Kuwaiti prime minister also revealed “a meeting took place between HRH Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed and Iraqi Vice President Dr. Khodair Al-Khozaei during the Arab summit in Doha during which the two discussed bilateral relations.”

He added, “My forthcoming visit to Iraq was also discussed, and I am ready to go to Baghdad at any time. Even if they wanted me to go today, then I am ready. However we are waiting for them to schedule a visit.”