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Gulf Co-operation Council countries formally launched the process to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK. The GCC is the UK’s seventh largest export market.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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A reshuffle of senior Kuwaiti ambassadors is continuing, with veteran envoy to London Khaled Al-Duweisan retiring after 29 years in the post.

Kuwait
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GSN Risk Grade – B↓2. Offshore platform in once disputed waters: Kuwait appears to have completed a controversial offshore platform, which could reawaken a maritime border dispute with Iraq.

Kuwait
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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was among senior US officials who attended a farewell reception on 13 June for long-serving Kuwaiti ambassador to Washington Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his wife Sheikha Rima.

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Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah suffered a “minor discomfort requiring rest”. The episode comes amid lingering concern about the health of Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Kuwait
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Gulf governments have been stepping in to provide more assistance to Jordan’s troubled economy, with fresh investments from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced in early June.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The United States is reportedly drawing up plans for a defence co-operation agreement between Israel and the six Gulf Co-operation Council states, as well as Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, to counter the perceived threat from Iran.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel | Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | Qatar
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The Kuwaiti government has filed a complaint in the United States for fraudulent concealment and transfer, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment against Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah and many others in the Army Fund scandal. The government claims the former defence minister allegedly misappropriated funds belonging to Kuwait and is seeking at least $104m,

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The Gulf region’s politicians and business leaders returned in force to the World Economic Forum (WEF) held as ever in Davos, Switzerland, but at a different time of year. The most senior regional leader to turn up was Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, who gave a speech at the opening session.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Qatar
Issue 1148 - 01 June 2022

Kuwait: Emir returns home from Italy

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Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has returned to Kuwait following a private visit to Italy. In official photos of his return, the emir looked thin and appeared to rely on support from Crown Prince Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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Issue 1148 - 24 May 2022

Kuwait’s municipal elections

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Kuwait held its 13th Municipal Council elections on 21 May, with 38 candidates competing, including one woman. Some 438,283 Kuwaitis were eligible to vote.

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Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah travelled to Italy on 12 May on what was described by officials as a “private visit”.

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The resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah’s government has been formally accepted by Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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Regional and international leaders have descended on Abu Dhabi in the days since the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was announced on 13 May, both to offer condolences and to congratulate Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) who has moved from being the country’s de facto leader to formally becoming its president.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Risk Management Report: International politics and economics. Breakeven prices: Oil prices have remained high in the shadow of the Ukraine war, with the cost of a barrel well above $100 through much of March and April. This means that most Gulf states are in a position to post budget surpluses this year.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar