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.

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

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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