"We welcome the arrival of Kuwait Navy units," Bahraini military chief
Air Marshal Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said.
Kuwait has been divided over the Gulf Cooperation mission in Bahrain.
Both Shi'ites and Sunnis have held large demonstrations, with the former
against Kuwaiti deployment and the latter in support.
Officials said the Shi'ite revolt in Bahrain has divided Kuwait along
religious lines. They said Emir Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah has sought
to avoid a Sunni-Shi'ite war in Kuwait amid increasing Iranian intervention
in the sheikdom.
The Sunni fundamentalist opposition in parliament said it would question
Prime Minister Nasser Al Ahmed Al Sabah regarding the decision not to
contribute ground troops to Bahrain. So far, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates were said to have deployed more than 5,000 troops in
"The Kuwaiti people will not accept the orders of the Iranian leaders
and is demanding that [Kuwaiti] troops are dispatched soon to Bahrain,"
Sunni parliamentarian Mohammed Hayef said.
Parliamentarian Faisal Al Mislem, a Sunni, suggested that Kuwait had
already sent troops to Bahrain but recalled them to avoid a crisis at home.
Al Mislem, who has questioned major defense and energy deals, asked whether
the sheikdom has already secretly sent military units to Bahrain under the
GCC's Peninsula Shield force.
For their part, Shi'ite parliamentarians warned that the debate could
increase tensions with Sunnis. They said they opposed pressure by Saudi
Arabia for Kuwait and other GCC states to deploy their militaries in
"If they [Sunni parliamentarians] love Saudi Arabia, they can leave the
country and I'll pay for the ticket," Ali Al Rashed, a Shi'ite deputy, said.