Saudi Arabia Approves Kuwait Rail Link

28 September 2023 Middle East News

Saudi Arabia has approved the establishment of a rail link between the kingdom and Kuwait.

In a meeting chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Tuesday, the kingdom's Council of Ministers approved a related pact with Kuwait.

Kuwait approved the deal in June, stating that it would provide safe and efficient rail transportation between the two countries.

Earlier in June, both sides reached a pact to study the feasibility of a joint rail link based on financial, economic, and technical factors.

Kuwait said the project will not affect another rail project to connect the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be linked by a high-speed bullet train service between Riyadh and Kuwait City.

An estimated six months will be needed to conduct consulting studies for the project before it is implemented, according to a July report.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia maintain close ties. In 2018, the two countries set up a coordination council aimed at boosting cooperation between them.

Relations between the two countries have been boosted by visits by senior officials.

The Kuwaiti Crown Prince Meshal Al Ahmad Al Sabah visited Saudi Arabia in June 2021, his first overseas trip since taking office months earlier. During the visit, the Kuwaiti leader met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Before Saudi Arabia hosted the GCC summit in 2022, Prince Mohammad visited Kuwait as part of a Gulf tour that also included Oman, the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.

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