Kuwait / by Michelle Ryan

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Emir, dissolved the Kuwaiti parliament on 17 October. John Kerry, the United States’ Secretary of State, emphasised the strong bilateral relations between the United States (US) and Kuwait during the first round of the Kuwait-US Strategic Dialogue on 21 October. Seventeen agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed by Kuwaiti and Mexican officials during talks between the two nations on 26 October. Kuwait was selected as the Deputy President of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Arab World Heritage Committee on 25 October. The Kuwaiti government donated $5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on 28 October. An Egyptian man was detained after attempting to attack a car carrying five Americans on 8 October. The US State Department approved the sale of military radar systems to Kuwait for $194 million on 14 October. Khaled Al-Jarellah, Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister, announced on 25 October that the Kuwaiti government is well prepared to tackle any threats from the Daesh terrorist group on Kuwaiti soil. The price of Kuwaiti oil decreased $0.31 this month and is now worth $46.42 per barrel. Crude oil exports from Kuwait to China have continued to rise and are now at record levels of 463,000 barrels per day. It was announced on 21 October that the new Arab commercial arbitration court will be situated in Kuwait.

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