British troops in Iraq move to Kuwait 2009-07-28 23:59:17   Print

    BAGHDAD, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The British forces in Iraq have temporarily moved from Iraq to neighboring Kuwait until the Iraqi parliament approve an agreement allowing the troops to stay in the country, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

    "Unfortunately, owing to procedural delay, the Iraqi parliament has not yet ratified our agreement," British embassy spokesman Jawwad Syed said.

    "We are withdrawing the Royal Navy trainers to Kuwait while we discuss the position with the Iraqi authorities," he said.

    The mandate of the remaining between 100 to 150 navy personnel expires on July 31, and the Iraqi Parliament has not yet passed its third reading of the agreement, he added.

    Britain has already withdrawn the vast majority of its troops, but the remaining personnel stayed in the country to train the Iraqi navy and to protect territorial waters, according to an agreement reached earlier with Iraqi government.

Editor: Yan
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