Kuwait Wahabi MPs against Kuwait ties with Iran

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Monday, 23 May 2011


shiitenews_KuwaitKuwaiti Wahabi lawmakers sought to question Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah over the nation's thawing diplomatic relations with Iran, which they say risk undermining relations with other Gulf countries.Waleed al-Tabtabaei, Mohammed al-Mutari and Mubarak al- Waalan, all Wahabi members of Parliament, asked to question the Premier, claiming the government is "harming Kuwait's

The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. Tensions between the GCC and Iran have escalated since mainly Shiite protests started in Bahrain in February. Bahrain's Sunni-led monarch has accused some Shiite activists of having links with Iran.Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visited Kuwait last week, announcing the two countries will exchange ambassadors again after a dispute over an alleged spy network operating in Kuwait led to both sides expelling diplomats.

"The Kuwaiti nation observed with a lot of resentment, anger and surprise, the hosting by Sheikh Nasser's government of the Iranian regime's foreign minister, in an official visit to Kuwait on May 18," the lawmakers said in their questioning. "It's a visit that was arranged despite the exceptional and bad conditions" of the GCC states' relations with Tehran, they added. 'Tensions Flared'Shiite-Sunni tensions have flared up in Kuwait over the past few months, partly due to the sectarian unrest in Bahrain. Kuwaiti Shiites rallied against sending ground troops to the other Gulf Arab state, while Sunnis have demonstrated in favour of this. Kuwait later sent a naval force to Bahrain.

Adding to tensions, a Kuwaiti court in March sentenced to death two Iranians and one Kuwaiti for spying for Iran. Iran has denied any link to the alleged network.It's the second request this month to question Sheikh Nasser. Kuwait's parliament on May 17 voted in favor of a government decision to postpone a questioning by legislators over a number of issues including the government's alleged failure to implement a 30.8 billion dinar ($112 billion) development plan.Non-Cooperation VotesSheikh Nasser has survived two non-cooperation votes in parliament since his appointment five years ago by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The premier's seventh Cabinet since 2006 was announced on May 8. Two days later, lawmakers filed their request to question Sheikh Nasser, only minutes after he had called for more cooperation between the executive and legislative branches.The former government resigned on March 31 following requests by legislators to question three ministers from the ruling family over several alleged violations.Kuwait is the fifth-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and pumped 2.385 million barrels of oil a day in April, according to Bloomberg data.Kuwait Wahabi MPs against Kuwait ties with Iran Kuwaiti Wahabi lawmakers sought to question Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah over the nation's thawing diplomatic relations with Iran, which they say risk undermining relations with other Gulf countries.Waleed al-Tabtabaei, Mohammed al-Mutari and Mubarak al- Waalan, all Wahabi members of Parliament, asked to question the Premier, claiming the government is "harming Kuwait's national security and ties with GCC states through its biased foreign affairs with the Iranian regime," according to a copy of the request distributed to reporters today in Kuwait City. The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.

Tensions between the GCC and Iran have escalated since mainly Shiite protests started in Bahrain in February. Bahrain's Sunni-led monarch has accused some Shiite activists of having links with Iran.Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visited Kuwait last week, announcing the two countries will exchange ambassadors again after a dispute over an alleged spy network operating in Kuwait led to both sides expelling diplomats."The Kuwaiti nation observed with a lot of resentment, anger and surprise, the hosting by Sheikh Nasser's government of the Iranian regime's foreign minister, in an official visit to Kuwait on May 18," the lawmakers said in their questioning. "It's a visit that was arranged despite the exceptional and bad conditions" of the GCC states' relations with Tehran, they added. 'Tensions Flared'Shiite-Sunni tensions have flared up in Kuwait over the past few months, partly due to the sectarian unrest in Bahrain.

Kuwaiti Shiites rallied against sending ground troops to the other Gulf Arab state, while Sunnis have demonstrated in favour of this. Kuwait later sent a naval force to Bahrain.Adding to tensions, a Kuwaiti court in March sentenced to death two Iranians and one Kuwaiti for spying for Iran. Iran has denied any link to the alleged network.It's the second request this month to question Sheikh Nasser. Kuwait's parliament on May 17 voted in favor of a government decision to postpone a questioning by legislators over a number of issues including the government's alleged failure to implement a 30.8 billion dinar ($112 billion) development plan.Non-Cooperation VotesSheikh Nasser has survived two non-cooperation votes in parliament since his appointment five years ago by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The premier's seventh Cabinet since 2006 was announced on May 8. Two days later, lawmakers filed their request to question Sheikh Nasser, only minutes after he had called for more cooperation between the executive and legislative branches.The former government resigned on March 31 following requests by legislators to question three ministers from the ruling family over several alleged violations.Kuwait is the fifth-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and pumped 2.385 million barrels of oil a day in April, according to Bloomberg data.">   national security and ties with GCC states through its biased foreign affairs with the Iranian regime," according to a copy of the request distributed to reporters today in Kuwait City.

The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. Tensions between the GCC and Iran have escalated since mainly Shiite protests started in Bahrain in February. Bahrain's Sunni-led monarch has accused some Shiite activists of having links with Iran.Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visited Kuwait last week, announcing the two countries will exchange ambassadors again after a dispute over an alleged spy network operating in Kuwait led to both sides expelling diplomats.

"The Kuwaiti nation observed with a lot of resentment, anger and surprise, the hosting by Sheikh Nasser's government of the Iranian regime's foreign minister, in an official visit to Kuwait on May 18," the lawmakers said in their questioning. "It's a visit that was arranged despite the exceptional and bad conditions" of the GCC states' relations with Tehran, they added. 'Tensions Flared'Shiite-Sunni tensions have flared up in Kuwait over the past few months, partly due to the sectarian unrest in Bahrain. Kuwaiti Shiites rallied against sending ground troops to the other Gulf Arab state, while Sunnis have demonstrated in favour of this. Kuwait later sent a naval force to Bahrain.

Adding to tensions, a Kuwaiti court in March sentenced to death two Iranians and one Kuwaiti for spying for Iran. Iran has denied any link to the alleged network.It's the second request this month to question Sheikh Nasser. Kuwait's parliament on May 17 voted in favor of a government decision to postpone a questioning by legislators over a number of issues including the government's alleged failure to implement a 30.8 billion dinar ($112 billion) development plan.Non-Cooperation VotesSheikh Nasser has survived two non-cooperation votes in parliament since his appointment five years ago by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The premier's seventh Cabinet since 2006 was announced on May 8. Two days later, lawmakers filed their request to question Sheikh Nasser, only minutes after he had called for more cooperation between the executive and legislative branches.The former government resigned on March 31 following requests by legislators to question three ministers from the ruling family over several alleged violations.Kuwait is the fifth-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and pumped 2.385 million barrels of oil a day in April, according to Bloomberg data.Kuwait Wahabi MPs against Kuwait ties with Iran Kuwaiti Wahabi lawmakers sought to question Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah over the nation's thawing diplomatic relations with Iran, which they say risk undermining relations with other Gulf countries.Waleed al-Tabtabaei, Mohammed al-Mutari and Mubarak al- Waalan, all Wahabi members of Parliament, asked to question the Premier, claiming the government is "harming Kuwait's national security and ties with GCC states through its biased foreign affairs with the Iranian regime," according to a copy of the request distributed to reporters today in Kuwait City. The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.

Tensions between the GCC and Iran have escalated since mainly Shiite protests started in Bahrain in February. Bahrain's Sunni-led monarch has accused some Shiite activists of having links with Iran.Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visited Kuwait last week, announcing the two countries will exchange ambassadors again after a dispute over an alleged spy network operating in Kuwait led to both sides expelling diplomats."The Kuwaiti nation observed with a lot of resentment, anger and surprise, the hosting by Sheikh Nasser's government of the Iranian regime's foreign minister, in an official visit to Kuwait on May 18," the lawmakers said in their questioning. "It's a visit that was arranged despite the exceptional and bad conditions" of the GCC states' relations with Tehran, they added. 'Tensions Flared'Shiite-Sunni tensions have flared up in Kuwait over the past few months, partly due to the sectarian unrest in Bahrain.

Kuwaiti Shiites rallied against sending ground troops to the other Gulf Arab state, while Sunnis have demonstrated in favour of this. Kuwait later sent a naval force to Bahrain.Adding to tensions, a Kuwaiti court in March sentenced to death two Iranians and one Kuwaiti for spying for Iran. Iran has denied any link to the alleged network.It's the second request this month to question Sheikh Nasser. Kuwait's parliament on May 17 voted in favor of a government decision to postpone a questioning by legislators over a number of issues including the government's alleged failure to implement a 30.8 billion dinar ($112 billion) development plan.Non-Cooperation VotesSheikh Nasser has survived two non-cooperation votes in parliament since his appointment five years ago by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The premier's seventh Cabinet since 2006 was announced on May 8. Two days later, lawmakers filed their request to question Sheikh Nasser, only minutes after he had called for more cooperation between the executive and legislative branches.The former government resigned on March 31 following requests by legislators to question three ministers from the ruling family over several alleged violations.Kuwait is the fifth-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and pumped 2.385 million barrels of oil a day in April, according to Bloomberg data.
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