* U.S. government to reopen contract talks - Kuwait’s KGL
* Rival ANHAM has said U.S. has dismissed KGL’s objection
KUWAIT, July 25 (Reuters) -A lucrative contract to support U.S. Forces in Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan is still up for grabs according to Kuwaiti logistics firm KGL (KGLK.KW), which said on Sunday the U.S. government would accept “amended bids”.
KGL’s announcement on the Kuwait bourse appeared to counter a statement on Friday from Dubai-based ANHAM FZCO LLC, which had been awarded the work and said the U.S. government had dismissed a protest filed by KGL against that decision. KGL, or Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co, said it had received an email stating that the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency will “reopen limited talks .... and receive amended bids,” ahead of making new decisions about the contract.
Gulf Arab state Kuwait has become a major logistics base for the American military since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
In the wake of fraud charges against main long-time supplier Agility (AGLT.KW) of Kuwait, the U.S. military awarded a prime vendor contract to ANHAM.
That sparked an objection from KGL filed in April which argued that ANHAM did not meet minimum bidding requirements. [ID:nLDE63R0FB]
Agility, formerly Public Warehousing Co. K.S.C. (PWC), is in talks with U.S. authorities over accusations it defrauded the military in the Middle East on multibillion-dollar supply contracts spanning 41 months.
Reporting by Diana Elias; Editing by Jason Neely