Kuwait’s Emir continues mediation effort to end Gulf row

Fatigue or difficulty will not stop quest to re-establish bonds, says Sheikh Sabah
Kuwait’s Emir on Sunday said he hoped for healing a rift among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states through dialogue.
By Staff writer
Mon 19 Jun 2017 09:12 AM

Kuwait’s Emir on Sunday said he hoped for healing a
rift among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states through dialogue.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain severed diplomatic
and travel ties with Qatar on June 5 due to its close ties with Iran and
support to militant groups.

In a reconciliation effort, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al
Jaber Al Sabah visited Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar this month, holding
talks with the top leaders that drew much applause from various quarters,
including from the US, European Union and Arab League.

In a speech marking the last 10 days of Ramadan, the
Emir said he hoped the rift would be healed within "the historic and
social framework of the Arabian Gulf people", state-run KUNA news agency said.

Sheikh Sabah said he is looking forward to overcoming
the latest developments in the Gulf, and remedying the situation through
providing the favourable conditions to dissolve regrettable disagreements and
heal the rift through dialogue.

He highlighted the deep-rooted historical ties,
rapport family relations, and common fate and interests that connect the GCC
member states.

“These makes it inevitable for us to lavish utmost
effort to preserve the Gulf entity so that it can remain cohesive, embodying
the expectations of the peoples in the member countries,” he said.

Sheikh Sabah pledged to continue his mediation efforts
to reconcile GCC member states, adding he would not be hampered by fatigue or
any difficulties in his quest to re-establish bonds and tackle differences
among the six GCC States.

“This is a duty that I will not abandon,” he added.

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