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Kuwait denies renting its islands to China

China and Kuwait agree to establish strategic partnership - China president Xi Jinping and Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah [Twitter]

Kuwait has officially denied renting its islands to China to carry out economic projects, stressing it “will never do this,” Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on Sunday.

Deputy Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Jarallah said that the deals reached between the Kuwaiti Emir and China during his visit to Beijing on 7 July has nothing to do with the islands.

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He denied all the “rumours” promoted on social media, stressing that the deals with China related to Al-Harir City and all of them were economic. “None of them are related to renting the Kuwaiti islands,” he said.

The Kuwaiti official stated that China had allocated a massive amount of money for projects in African and South Asian countries, including Kuwait, noting that China invested about $400 billion in Africa alone.

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