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Mar 25, 2014

Kuwait sees “enormous” dangers as Arabs open summit

KUWAIT, March 25 (Reuters) – Warning of “enormous” dangers,
Kuwait urged Arab leaders on Tuesday to end multiple disputes
complicating crises such as Syria’s war and political turmoil in
the most populous Arab state, Egypt.

Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, called on the
annual meeting of the 22-member League of Arab States to solve
rifts he said were obstructing joint Arab action.

Mar 25, 2014

Arab summit opens, leaders struggle with multiple rifts

KUWAIT, March 25 (Reuters) – Arab leaders struggling with an
array of foreign policy disputes opened an annual summit on
Tuesday to try to forge a common stand on regional crises such
as Syria’s war, and on what many of them see as the menace of
Iranian-U.S. rapprochement.

The gathering in Kuwait follows an unprecedented row among
members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance of Gulf
Arab states over Qatari support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,
and a verbal spat between Iraq and Saudi Arabia over violence in
Iraq’s Anbar province.

Mar 23, 2014

Foreign policy rifts beset Arabs ahead of summit

DUBAI/KUWAIT, March 23 (Reuters) – Rifts over foreign policy
will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit
this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges,
including what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-U.S.
rapprochement.

And while the Arab League meeting may agree more
humanitarian action in response to Syria’s war, any communique
calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad will not
reflect divergent views behind the scenes about the Syrian
leader’s handling of the conflict.

Mar 23, 2014

Rifts beset Arabs ahead of summit amid worries about Iran

DUBAI/KUWAIT, March 23 (Reuters) – Rifts over foreign policy
will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit
this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges,
including what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-U.S.
rapprochement.

And while the Arab League meeting may agree more
humanitarian action in response to Syria’s war, any communique
calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad will not
reflect divergent views behind the scenes about the Syrian
leader’s handling of the conflict.

Mar 12, 2014

Saudi listing of Brotherhood as terrorist group complicates Gulf ties

DUBAI/KUWAIT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided a Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics.

Feuding with Qatar over Islam’s place in a turbulent Arab world, Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Doha last week and branded the Brotherhood, a Qatari ally, a terrorist group.

Mar 6, 2014

Qatar rift is pivotal test for disunited Gulf families

RIYADH/KUWAIT (Reuters) – A breach between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbors is a pivotal test for a three-decade-old union of monarchies formed to stand united when threatened by common enemies.

The six neighbors have struggled for years to transform their alliance from a simple security pact into an integrated economy. But plans for a customs union, integrated power grids and a joint military command remain unfinished or unrealized.

Mar 6, 2014

Analysis – Qatar rift is pivotal test for disunited Gulf families

RIYADH/KUWAIT (Reuters) – A breach between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbours is a pivotal test for a three-decade-old union of monarchies formed to stand united when threatened by common enemies.

The six neighbours have struggled for years to transform their alliance from a simple security pact into an integrated economy. But plans for a customs union, integrated power grids and a joint military command remain unfinished or unrealised.

Mar 6, 2014

Kuwait moves closer to creation of independent telecoms watchdog

KUWAIT/DUBAI, March 6 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s parliament has
approved the first reading of a bill to create the country’s
first independent telecoms watchdog, according to the assembly’s
website, a move that could lead to further liberalisation of the
sector.

The Ministry of Communications is the de facto regulator in
the absence of a separate watchdog and also ultimately owns and
operates the country’s fixed-line infrastructure.

Feb 18, 2014

New CEO of Kuwait’s top bank faces sluggish home market, Gulf rivals

KUWAIT/DUBAI, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The new chief executive of
National Bank of Kuwait, the country’s largest
commercial bank, will grapple with a sluggish home market as he
fends off competition from dynamic Gulf rivals.

NBK, the fifth-biggest bank in the Gulf, with $66 billion in
assets at the end of last year, said on Sunday that veteran
banker Isam al-Sager had been appointed its new group CEO, in an
internal transition that had been planned for years.

Feb 16, 2014

Kuwaiti oil refineries vulnerable to more power problems

KUWAIT/DUBAI, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Kuwaiti oil refineries are
at risk of more shutdowns because of an inadequate power supply
system, which has blighted the oil producer during years of
rapid demand growth and underinvestment.

The exact cause of the power failure that shut down all
three of the country’s oil refineries with a total capacity of
around 930,000 barrels per day late last month is unclear.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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