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Saudis, Kuwait set up coordination council

Foreign minister meet to start council as a launchpad for future endeavours

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Cairo: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have set up a coordination council aimed at boosting cooperation between the two Gulf countries. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubair and his Kuwaiti counterpart Shaikh Sabah Khalid Al Sabah signed a deal to establish the coordination council as a launchpad for future endeavours.

The Saudi cabinet, presided over by King Salman, approved the establishment of the council at a meeting on Tuesday in Jeddah, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported.

Al Jubair arrived in Kuwait late Tuesday for a visit also aimed at discussing a host of issues, said Kuwait Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Al Jarallah. The official said both sides were discussing the re-operation of a common border oil field.

Saudi Arabia has recently set up a coordination council with other Arab countries including the UAE, Iraq and Egypt with the aim of boosting political and economic cooperation.

Last month, the UAE-Saudi coordination council held its first meeting in Jeddah, where both Gulf countries unveiled a joint integration formula featuring 44 strategic projects.

That meeting was co-chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

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