Kuwait hails outcome of Iranian foreign minister's visit to Saudi Arabia

Kuwait hails outcome of Iranian foreign minister's visit to Saudi Arabia

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian pays Saudi Arabia 1st official visit by a top Iranian diplomat in more than 7 years

By Ibrahim al-Khazen

KUWAIT CITY (AA) – Kuwait's foreign minister on Friday welcomed the results of the visit of his Iranian counterpart to Saudi Arabia, expressing his hope that it would be "the beginning of a bright page in the history of Gulf and Tehran relations."

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Saudi Arabia on the first official visit by a top Iranian diplomat to Saudi Arabia in more than seven years.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed his "welcome to the results of the visit of the foreign minister of Iran, friendly to Saudi Arabia, and his meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan," the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Al-Sabah, however, did not clarify or reveal the nature of those results.

The visit came amid a Saudi-Kuwaiti dispute with Iran over the Durra/Arash natural gas field, which has not yet been resolved.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait uphold their full right and sovereignty over this field, which they called Durra, but Iran says that the field, which it refers to as Arsh, is a right for it.

The natural gas field is located in the northern Persian Gulf with an estimated capacity of 220 billion cubic meters of gas.

Tehran claims that 40% of the field lies in Iranian territorial waters, while 60% is in the divided neutral zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Sabah expressed his hope that "this visit will be a step in building strong relations between the two countries that are dominated by mutual respect and will be the beginning of a bright page in the history of Gulf-Iranian relations."

He also expressed his wishes that these relations be based on "the principles of good neighborliness and non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries, strengthening relations and building bridges of cooperation, dialogue and mutual understanding."

Riyadh and Tehran have recently reopened embassies, based on an agreement reached last March in Beijing.

The two countries had severed diplomatic ties in January 2016 after the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad were stormed by angry mobs following the execution of a Saudi Shia cleric.

The two neighbors launched talks to revive ties in April 2021, brokered by Iraq and Oman. A breakthrough was reached nearly two years later by courtesy of China.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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