Kuwait summons Iranian envoy

27 August 2015

Tehran accused of offering investment opportunities at disputed gas field

  • Kuwait hands official protest to Iranian envoy
  • Dorra gas field sprawls into Iranian territorial waters
  • In 2013, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait shelved plans to develop the field

Kuwait has summoned Iran’s charge d’affairs over reports that Tehran has promoted investment opportunities at the disputed Dorra gas field, according to Kuwait’s state news agency Kuna.

A public official was quoted by Kuna as saying the Iranian envoy was summoned following reports that National Iranian Oil Company had issued investment opportunities in Iranian oil and gas, including large parts of the Dorra field.

“The foreign ministry is taking all the necessary measures to safeguard the rights of the state of Kuwait within the context of reinforcing its ties on the regional and international levels and which conform to international law,” Kuna reported.

The Dorra field is estimated to hold 60 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to the US’ Energy Information Administration (EIA).

In 2013, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait refused to agree a joint investment programme for the Dorra field.

Understanding the Divided Zone dispute

In the east Arabian town of Uqair on 2 December 1922, Britain’s High Commissioner for Iraq Percy Cox imposed a border between Kuwait and the lands of Saudi Arabia’s future king, Abdulaziz al-Saud (Ibn Saud), then sultan of the Najd.

Probably then the region’s most powerful man, Cox’s principal goal was defining the territory of Iraq, created out of the Ottoman Empire after the 1914-18 war and independent under British protection for less than two months. But this also required demarcating the domains of Abdulaziz and Sheikh Ahmed al-Ahmed, Kuwait’s ruler for just over 12 months. The two had been Britain’s allies in World War 1. Read more.

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