A wonderful shot of the State of Kuwait at night

Is Kuwait the reliable partner Iraq were long lacking? 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. The beginning of a relationship?

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq and Kuwait have been steadily heading towards normal relations. Saddam had encouraged Iraqis to regard the little emirate much as mainland Chinese view Taiwan: a rogue province that must one day return to the motherland. These days, Iraqi leaders say bygones should be bygones. Last month, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared that “the future prospects are far greater than the fears and obstacles between the two countries.” Earlier in the summer, Kuwait’s emir visited Baghdad, his first solo trip there; President Barham Salih of Iraq traveled to Kuwait City for the first time last winter. Iraq, in the midst of a regional crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as the US, has recognized Kuwait as a safe ally to put its money on, giving positive and stable prospects of bilateral growth.

2. Joint oil development plans

In one of the most ambitious projects that will help the growth of Iraq-Kuwait relations, Iraq has agreed with Kuwait to appoint British energy advisory firm ERC Equipoise to prepare a study for the development of joint border oilfields, the Iraqi oil ministry said on Wednesday. There are several oilfields in the border area between Iraq and Kuwait, most prominently Ratqa, which is a southern extension of Iraq’s giant Rumaila field. The latest project is set to transform the state of Iraq-Kuwait joint oil fields from a source of tension to one of strengthening ties.

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