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Iranian New Comment on Disputed Dora Oil Field with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

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Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oji said on Wednesday that his country’s foreign ministry would follow up on the issue of the Dora gas field, known as Arash, in Iran, the Iranian Tasnim agency reported as Reuters reported.

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Saad al-Barak confirmed last Sunday that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have “exclusive rights” in the Gulf, calling on Iran to first begin delineating its maritime borders to back up its claims. field.

Tehran has previously declared a stake in the sector, and has described a Saudi-Kuwaiti deal signed last year to develop it as “illegal”.

“This is the exclusive right of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Al-Durrah sector, and the claimants should start defining the boundaries. The right is there, he will take it according to the rules of international law,” Al-Baraq told the Saudi state-run Al-Eqbariya channel.

“Other parties have claims that are not based on a clear demarcation of maritime boundaries,” he said, referring to Iran.

Al-Barak’s comments echo Saudi Arabia’s declaration that it and Kuwait have exclusive natural resources in a marine “separated area” in the Gulf.

On Monday, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tehran was pursuing the issue in bilateral talks with Kuwait.

“Soft” Iranian statements… Will Riyadh and Tehran’s rapprochement solve the “Durra” problem?

The issue of the gas and oil-rich “Durrah” field in the Gulf has resurfaced after an official in Tehran announced his intention to explore the field, which Iran disputes with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. And Kuwait responded that they only had the right to exploit the natural resources in their territory, and invited Tehran. Negotiate to define maritime boundaries

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For its part, Saudi Arabia last week renewed its invitation to Iran to start negotiations with Riyadh and Kuwait to delimit maritime boundaries in the region, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

On Thursday, Iran’s oil ministry-affiliated Shana news agency reported that Oil Minister Javad Awji and Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman met on the sidelines of the OPEC conference in Vienna, and that they were “exploring the possibility of investment and joint investment in the oil and gas sector.”

Notably, Saudi Arabia and Iran reached an agreement under Chinese auspices last March, in which they agreed to resume diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies and missions.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed after the January 2016 attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran.

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