Kuwait's Oil Minister Arrives in Riyadh for Maritime Border Talks

Published June 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait's oil minister arrived in Riyadh Tuesday in an attempt to strike an agreement with his Saudi counterpart on demarcating their maritime border, which runs through a disputed gas field in the northern Gulf, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). 

Talks between Sheikh Saud Nasser al-Sabah and Saudi's Ali al-Nuaimi "aim to reach a formula on an accord to demarcate the continental shelf in which the Dorra gas field is located," the agency said, quoting Kuwait's foreign minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah as saying Sunday. 

The Dorra field, discovered in 1967, is located in a sector of northern Gulf waters where the demarcation of the continental shelf is subject to rival claims by Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. 

On May 29th, Sheikh Sabah announced that the three countries would hold talks in June on resolving the territorial dispute over the offshore area rich in natural gas resources, said KUNA. 

He said Sunday that Iran was not concerned by the negotiations in Saudi Arabia. 

Following protests from Riyadh and Kuwait City, Tehran said on May 13th that it had stopped all drilling at the Dorra field and hoped the three-way dispute would soon be resolved, AFP said. 

According to the Middle East Economic Survey, recoverable gas reserves in Dorra are estimated at seven trillion cubic feet (200 billion cubic meters). 

The Saudi newspaper Al-Yawm, meanwhile, said Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz would visit Kuwait in the middle of next week for talks with Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah - Albawaba.com 

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