Issue 143 - 12 Aug 1980
The Saudis plan to build a naval base on the barren peninsula of Ra Khumais, just below Qatar on the Gulf, but were hoping not to let their intentions be known. The sensitiveness of the project is two-fold. Building at Ras Khurnays effectively confirms Saudi annexation of the area from the UAE according to an agreement concluded in 1974, promulgated in 1976, but up till now never of any actual relevance. And any indication that the Saudi authorities are constructing naval facilities will give rise to speculation that they are not building them for their own navy, but for the United States.
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