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Kuwait rejects Iran's drilling plans in disputed gas field in Gulf

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have a longstanding dispute with Iran over the Durra gas field. The recent disagreement follows improvement in Iran's relations with both countries.
A picture shows the Iranian South Pars quarter one (SPQ1) gas platform in the Gulf near Qatar's territorial waters on Jan. 26, 2011.

The dispute between Kuwait and Iran over an offshore gas field that also involves Saudi Arabia escalated on Monday as Kuwait condemned purported Iranian drilling plans for the field.

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Saad Al-Barrak said that the Gulf state “rejects” Iran’s planned drilling in the Durra gas field.

“We categorically and totally reject Iran’s planned activities around the premises of the Durra offshore gas field,” he said, according to the official Kuwait News Agency.

Barrak added that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have “exclusive rights” to the field and that Iran’s plans “contravene the basic principles of international relations.”

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