Nine New Ministers in the Kuwaiti Government

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, pictured here presiding over the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017, has sworn in a new government. Jon Gambrell / AP
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, pictured here presiding over the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017, has sworn in a new government. Jon Gambrell / AP
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Nine New Ministers in the Kuwaiti Government

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, pictured here presiding over the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017, has sworn in a new government. Jon Gambrell / AP
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, pictured here presiding over the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017, has sworn in a new government. Jon Gambrell / AP

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued on Monday a royal decree to form a new government headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

The previous cabinet resigned on October 30 when its acting information minister, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, was questioned by parliament and faced a no-confidence vote over violations of budgetary and legislative rules.

The 16-member cabinet features nine new ministers.

Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed, who is the eldest son of HH the Emir, was appointed first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, succeeding Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.

Shiekh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah was reappointed as Foreign Minister and Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah as Minister of Interior.

Bakhit Al-Rashidi, a former top oil executive, was appointed the new oil minister of the OPEC member state.

Former Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.

Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf who was former head of the Capital Markets Authority will take over the finance ministry.

This is the 35th government in the history of Kuwait since 1962.



Bahrain, Iran Agree to Kick Off Talks to Restore Ties 

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani meets with his acting Iranian counterpart Bagheri Kani in Tehran on Sunday. (BNA)
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani meets with his acting Iranian counterpart Bagheri Kani in Tehran on Sunday. (BNA)
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Bahrain, Iran Agree to Kick Off Talks to Restore Ties 

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani meets with his acting Iranian counterpart Bagheri Kani in Tehran on Sunday. (BNA)
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani meets with his acting Iranian counterpart Bagheri Kani in Tehran on Sunday. (BNA)

Bahrain and Iran agreed on Sunday to set up the required mechanisms to initiate talks between them to discuss the resumption of political relations between them.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani held talks in Tehran on Sunday with his acting Iranian counterpart Bagheri Kani, reported Bahrain’s state news agency (BNA).

Zayani was in Iran to attend the Asia Cooperation Dialogue meeting at Kani’s invitation.

The FMs held bilateral talks within “the framework of the fraternal historical relations” between Bahrain and Iran and “the bonds of religion, neighborliness, joint history and common interests that connect them,” added BNA.