“We are laying the necessary groundwork for gas exports” to the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, announced Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Exports Company (NIGEC) Ali Reza Kameli.

Kameli explained that Iran’s neighbors are the top priority for gas exports, said Press TV.

Iran is already building a pipeline to transfer LNG to Iraq with final tests being carried out, according to Iranian officials, connecting Najaf, Sadr City and al-Mansuriya.

A second pipeline is headed for Basra to a combined cycle power plant which Iran is also building for $2.5 b.

In a related development Hamad al-Harashani, the head of the Kuwaiti parliament’s foreign relations committee, said that “It has become clear to all that Iran is an enemy plotting to swallow up our states and resources and is the true enemy of the region”, reported the Express Tribune, citing AFP.

“Iran is seeking to spread chaos and undermine the ruling regimes” in the region, Harashani added., using the recent bomb blast in Bahrain as proof of this.

Previously Kuwait had summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires to protest Tehran’s attempt to offer up investment opportunities in the joint offshore Dorra gasfield.