Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran to Start Talks on Border Row in June

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait said Monday it will meet with ally Saudi Arabia and non-Arab Iran next month to discuss a dispute over an offshore gas field claimed by the three OPEC members, according to Gulf News Tuesday.  

"There will be official (Kuwait) talks next month on the Dorra field with Saudi Arabia and Iran," Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah told reporters in parliament.  

Iran's drilling in the field in the Gulf waterway triggered complaints by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait earlier in May. Tehran later halted its exploration work in the area - a move which the two neighbors welcomed. Sheikh Sabah gave no further details on the venue or the exact time for the talks, reported the Emirati daily.  

A Kuwaiti minister was earlier due to visit Iran with a message to the leadership to express gratitude for its decision to suspend drilling operations in the disputed area. Kuwait had also expressed hope for a quick solution to the maritime border differences.  

Citing analysts, Guld News said the gas reserves in Dorra are crucial for Kuwait's local consumption, mainly power generation, at a time when it sealed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar for possibly importing gas from the fellow Gulf Arab state.  

After weeks of exchanges between Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran over its drilling operations in Dorra in the northern Gulf, Tehran said in May it would remove its platform from the area. But Iran also stressed that it was operating within its territorial waters and according to international law, said the paper – Albawaba.com  


© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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