Kuwait / by Lewis McKinnon

The United Nations (UN) sponsored peace negotiations on the Yemeni conflict ended in Kuwait on 6 August with no agreement reached. On 16 August Kuwait’s ambassador to Australia, Najib Abdulrahman Al-Bader, concluded several meetings with Australian officials in the territory of Queensland. The World Bank praised the Kuwaiti government’s decision to cut fuel subsidies and implement new energy reforms as of September this year. The Interior Ministry of Kuwait announced that it arrested several hundred people during a series of security clampdowns between 3 and 10 August. A deal worth EUR 1.1 billion was signed between the French and Kuwaiti governments on 9 August concerning the sale of 30 French military helicopters to the Kuwaiti army and National Guard. Ten Iranian men were arrested by Kuwait’s coast guard on 14 August and accused of being infiltrators who intended to enter Kuwait illegally. The Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khaled Al-Hamed Al-Sabah, emphasised the strong relationship between Kuwait and Iraq during a visit by the governor of the Iraqi city of Basra on 15 August. Kuwait’s oil prices fell by $1.04 in one day on 23 August according to the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Kuwait and Bahrain signed two new financing agreements worth $1 billion on 23 August. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water announced on 24 August that it intends to scrap plans to build a nuclear power plant in Kuwait.