Kuwait summons Iran envoy over Soleimani killing claim
Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah expressed Kuwait's "amazement" at the claim that one of its air bases had been among those used to carry out the January 3 attack, KUNA said on Friday.
He was referring to a statement made by Brigadier-General Amirali Hajizadeh, aerospace commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps.
"MQ-9 UAVs [drones] were flying in the region [at the time of the attack] that had mostly taken off from Kuwait's Ali al-Salem" base, Hajizadeh told Iranian state television on Thursday.
Jarallah told the ambassador, Mohammed Irani, that Kuwait had already denied any role in the attack in Baghdad, which killed nine others in addition to Soleimani, who headed the Guards' foreign operations arm.
Such a claim "risks damaging relations" between Kuwait and Iran, Jarallah said.
Soleimani was one of Iran's most important figures. As chief of Iran's external operations Quds Force of the elite Revolutionary Guards, he was responsible for much of Iran's power-broking in the region for two decades.