Kuwait–Saudi Arabia relations

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Kuwait–Saudi Arabia relations
Map indicating locations of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia

Kuwait–Saudi Arabia relations are the relations between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Both are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Historically there was a Saudi–Kuwaiti neutral zone inhabited by coastal fishermen; however, with the discovery of oil, the countries agreed to divide the territory, and reached an agreement in 1969.[1]

In 1990, following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia participated in the Gulf War to expel Iraqi forces from the country.

Although Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are allies and cooperate within OPEC and the GCC, Riyadh disputes Kuwait's ownership of the Qaruh and Umm al Maradim islands.


  1. ^ Geographer, The (1970). Kuwait – Saudi Arabia Boundary (PDF). USA State Department; Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Office of the Geographer. p. 2.