Iran breaches ‘illegal’ Saudi-Kuwait deal over Arash gas field – Reuters

In a statement released on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh commented on the recently declared agreement between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on the joint Arash gas field.

“Arash/al-Durra is a joint gas field between Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, parts of which are located in areas between Iran and Kuwait whose maritime borders have not yet been defined “, he said, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Based on international regulations and procedures, any attempt to exploit and develop this field would be subject to coordination and cooperation between the three states. Thus, the recent step of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the framework of a cooperation document is illegal and goes against the ongoing procedures and the talks held previously, having no impact on the legal status of the field and the Islamic Republic of Iran does not endorse it,” Khatibzadeh added.

“As stated on several occasions, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to engage in talks with the neighboring countries of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia regarding the exploitation of the joint gas field and to continue bilateral talks with Kuwait. within the framework of previous negotiations on the demarcation of the continental shelf,” he said.

Khatibzadeh also expressed Iran’s willingness for trilateral talks aimed at defining a common ground between the three countries.

The spokesperson finally pointed out that Iran reserves the right to exploit the joint Arash/al-Durra gas field.

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