Iran says it signed military pacts with Kuwait, Oman and Qatar

March 6, 2010

Ahmad Vahidi

Iran’s defence minister Ahmad Vahidi said that his country has signed a security agreement with three Gulf countries.

The Iranian minister said that the bilateral pacts with Qatar, Oman and Kuwait stipulated not allowing their territories to be used for attacks against either Iran or any of the countries that signed them. The agreements also included several clauses as part of joint defence, the minister was quoted as telling Al Jazeera television station.

However, Kuwaiti military sources told Al Rai daily that Kuwait did not sign a direct military agreement with Tehran as stated by Vahidi.

“Kuwait is invariably committed politically and militarily not to allow its soil to be used to attack other countries,” the unnamed sources told Al Rai. “Kuwait has made sure that this principle of non-aggression was included in all agreements signed with friendly and sisterly countries.”

Kuwait had also stressed this principle whenever it signed a memorandum of understanding with a country that contributed to the war to liberate Iraq, the paper said on Saturday.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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