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PLO Chief Apologizes to Kuwait for Arafat's Backing of 1990 Invasion


The head of the Palestine Liberation Organization has apologized to Kuwait for the late Yasser Arafat's support of Iraq's 1990 invasion of the emirate.

Mahmud Abbas told reporters in Kuwait City the apology was extended to the Kuwaiti government and people.

He spoke at the start of a landmark visit aimed at gaining financial support for the Palestinians. Ties were frozen 14 years ago over the PLO's stand on the Iraqi invasion.

Kuwait expelled some 400,000 Palestinians after a U.S.-led coalition forced Saddam Hussein's troops out of the emirate in 1991.

Saturday, Kuwait's Prime Minister Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said his country welcomed the Palestinian visit. He said the late Mr. Arafat's support for the invasion is no longer a point of contention.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.