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Apr 13, 2014

Kuwait to open main tenders for new Zour refinery in May

KUWAIT, April 13 (Reuters) – Kuwait will issue the three
main construction tenders for its new 615,000-barrels-per-day
(bpd) oil refinery next month and expects to sign contracts by
early next year at the latest, a state oil company official said
on Sunday.

Al Zour refinery, estimated to cost 4 billion Kuwaiti dinars
($14.2 billion), will make oil products such as diesel, kerosene
and naphtha for export and low-sulphur fuel oil for domestic
power stations.

Apr 9, 2014

Kuwait hopes for remedy to Gulf row over Qatar soon

KUWAIT, April 9 (Reuters) – Kuwait expects to see “positive
steps” taken in a dispute between Qatar and three other Gulf
Arab states as soon as this week that may include a decision to
send those countries’ ambassadors back to Doha, a Kuwaiti
official said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last
month took the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors
from Qatar in protest at what they see as Doha’s political
meddling and giving support to Islamist groups that they see as
a regional political and security menace.

Apr 2, 2014

Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

KUWAIT, April 2 (Reuters) – With a youthful, well-educated
population, strong relationships with both neighbours and world
powers, and a strategic location on the Gulf, major oil producer
Kuwait should be as dynamic a hub for the region as Dubai or
Doha.

But while others in the Gulf have powered ahead, attracting
foreign investment and developing infrastructure, Kuwait has
stagnated, frustrating the people of a country once seen as a
Middle East trailblazer.

Mar 26, 2014

Kuwait summit merely papers over Arab rifts

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders, at loggerheads over inter-Arab issues including Egypt and Syria, offered little evidence of progress after a two-day summit in Kuwait focused largely on avoiding further splits.

Gulf opposition to Qatar’s financial backing for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist rebels in Syria burst into the open last month when Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed suit.

Mar 26, 2014

Public rifts at Arab summit likely to satisfy Iran and Syria

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders at odds over supporting Islamists in upheavals across the Middle East have proved in no mood to reconcile at a summit this week, an outcome likely to satisfy Syria and Iran in their rivalry with regional heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Heads of state assembled in Kuwait publicly acknowledged they needed to end quarrels that are exacerbating an already catastrophic war in Syria as well as turmoil in Egypt and Iraq.

Mar 26, 2014

Arab states have little to show for tense Kuwait summit

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders, at loggerheads over inter-Arab issues including Egypt and Syria, offered little evidence of progress after a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday.

Gulf opposition to Qatar’s financial backing for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamist rebels in Syria burst into the open last month when Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed suit.

Mar 26, 2014

Arab states pledge to work to end rifts

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders, at loggerheads over numerous issues including Egypt and Syria, pledged at the end of a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday to work to end their divisions.

The 22 members of the Arab League also denounced killings of civilians by the Syrian government.

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.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      2006
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