Kuwaiti ruler visits Japan

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah is on state visit to Far East nation from March 20-23
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Kuwaiti Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah is currently on a state visit to Japan. (AFP/Getty Images)
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While there, official news agency KUNA reported that Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah told Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun that Kuwait had received assurances from Iran that the Strait of Hormuz would not be blocked. (AFP/Getty Images)
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“The Strait of Hormuz is considered a vital artery for the world as approximately half of the oil supply passes through it, and the GCC countries, including Kuwait, have contacted officials in Iran to ensure that no action is taken to close the Strait of Hormuz," Sheikh Sabah said.(AFP/Getty Images)
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“We have received assurances from Iran that it will not take this step. And international efforts are also in this direction.” (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwait’s emir added that the oil-rich nation was also “utilising international expertise” in order to increase its current oil output. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The possibility of closure has since sparked panic among the Arabian Gulf’s biggest oil producers, who are reliant on the strait to export their petroleum products. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Iran threatened earlier this year to close the Strait, at the mouth of the Gulf, in response to sanctions that the US and Europe are imposing because of the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Earlier, it was confirmed that build a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a port that would bypass the need for vessels to pass through the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Earlier, it was confirmed that build a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a port that would bypass the need for vessels to pass through the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Earlier, it was confirmed that build a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a port that would bypass the need for vessels to pass through the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Earlier, it was confirmed that build a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a port that would bypass the need for vessels to pass through the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP/Getty Images)