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Saudi Arabia to set up military base on Salwa border with Qatar

April 9, 2018 at 11:48 pm

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in New York, US on 27 March 2018 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to establish a canal though Salwa, on its land border with Doha, and the conversion of the island into a military base.

On Monday, well-informed Saudi sources revealed that “Passports and Customs offices have been removed from the Salwa border with Qatar. Instead, the Saudi Border Guards will administer the area in a new development on the Salwa Marine Canal project, which was revealed a few days ago.”

“The entire channel project will be financed by Saudi and Emirati investment authorities from the private sector, and with full sovereignty of Saudi Arabia, while leading Egyptian drilling companies will dig the water canal,” the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh reported in its issue on Monday.

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The sources added: “a Saudi military base will be established in part of the border between the Qatari border and the Salwa Marine Channel, while the remaining part will be transformed into a nuclear waste burial site for the Saudi nuclear reactor which construction is being planned by Saudi Arabia according to best practices and global environmental requirements. On the other part, the vicinity of the UAE’s nuclear reactor and its burial site will be at the extreme point on the UAE border near Qatar.”

According to geopolitical experts, “the establishment of the Saudi military base between the Salwa Marine Canal Project and the Qatari border will provide Saudi Arabia with control over a strategic region of Salwa Island, which  includes Qatari territory. This means that, after this project, Qatar will not be an independent island.” said the newspaper.