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Iranian bread a permanent guest at Kuwaiti dining tables

Despite rising tensions between Sunni-ruled Persian Gulf states and Shiite Iran, locals say that the staple of every meal that they grew up with in Kuwait is not going anywhere

By Salima Lebel  /  AFP, KUWAIT CITY

“Bread has nothing to do with politics,” Zachriaa said. “Iranians live here, and there will be no shortage of this bread that is very desired.”

Shiite Iran maintains good relations with Kuwait, unlike its strained ties with other Persian Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Heritage specialist Jassem Abbas said that regional politics do not have a major effect on the social lives of Kuwaitis.

“Despite the current tensions and what has happened in the [1980 to 1988] Iraq-Iran War, Iranian bread remains a top favorite,” he told reporters.

About 55,000 Iranians live in Kuwait, according to the Iranian embassy, while Shiites make up about one-third of Kuwait’s 1.4 million native population.

“Politics does not ruin friendships between people,” Abbas said.

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