Published On: Thu, Jun 8th, 2017

Kuwaiti emir visits Qatar, UAE to help end Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis

Araweelo News Network

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad A Sabah (L) meets Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on June 7, 2017. (Photo by KUNA)

Doha(ANN)-Kuwait’s emir has travelled to Qatar after his visits to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of his efforts to help mediate a solution to the diplomatic row among Persian Gulf Arab countries.

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on Wednesday after his meeting with Emirati leaders in the UAE earlier in the day.

No details have emerged on the content of the discussions.

King Sabah had held talks with Saudi King Salman in Jeddah on Wednesday over the crisis facing the six members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council.

Also in a Wednesday telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kuwaiti king discussed ways of resolving the dispute.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. They also suspended all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, ejected its diplomats and ordered Qatari citizens to leave their countries.

Libya, the Maldives, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, and Yemen’s former government also followed suit to cut ties with Qatar.

Jordan further downgraded its diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (L) meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on June 6, 2017. (Photo by Saudi Royal Palace)

Saudi Arabia has reportedly put Tunisia under severe pressure to cut its ties with Qatar, threating to cut its financial aid if Tunis fails to ban Doha.

Saudi Arabia says Qatar must take several steps, including ending its alleged support for the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, to restore ties with Persian Gulf Arab countries.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump waded into the row and signaled support for efforts to isolate Qatar.

Qatar has long denied funding extremists, with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, criticizing those “trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs.”

Back in 2014, Kuwaiti played a pivotal role among the Persian Gulf Arab states after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in protest at what they called Doha’s “interference in their internal affairs.”

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