Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are expected to agree on resuming oil production from the neutral zone during 2019, according to Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid al-Falih, Zawya reported.

“We hope in 2019 it will be resolved,” Al Falih said, while answering questions about when Saudi Arabia and Kuwait could reach an agreement.

Resuming production from the Neutral Zone’s oilfields will increase the production of the two countries to 500,000 barrels per day (b/d).

The Saudi–Kuwaiti Neutral Zone is an area of 5,770 square kilometres (km2) between the borders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that was left undefined when the border was established.