The recent voyage to Kuwait of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed ben Salmane, has deeply troubled Kuwait’s leaders.

During his visit, the Crown Prince proposed establishing borders between the two countries by annexing oil fields (Khafji and Wafra) which have barely been exploited.

This is exactly the same line he took with Yemen, before exploding it with a war.

Concerned lest he upset the Saudi Kingdom, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, well reputed for following the middle way, called on Turkey to protect it.

Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who also shields the Muslim Brotherhood immediately responded.

An agreement was signed on 10 October 2018 between the two armies (photo). The text is being kept a secret but we have learnt that it authorizes the establishment of a Turkish military base in Kuwait.

Such a base already exists at Qatar. It has permitted Emir Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani to avoid a war with Saudi Arabia during the 2017 crisis. 3 000 Turkish soldiers were employed there.

Anoosha Boralessa