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EU foreign affairs chief urges talks to resolve Gulf crisis

Federica Mogherini said the EU was ready to support the process of negotiations

EU foreign affairs chief urges talks to resolve Gulf crisis
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said the EU was ready to support the process of negotiations. (Photo: AURORE BELOTAFPGetty Images)

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Sunday called for swift direct talks to resolve the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its neighbours.

Mogherini's call came after she met Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and other officials and expressed EU support for Kuwait's "relentless mediation efforts" in the dispute.

The emir has been mediating to resolve the crisis after three Gulf states and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremist groups.

Last month, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed economic sanctions, including the closure of its only land border.

Mogherini in a statement on Sunday called on "all the parties to enter into negotiations to agree clear principles and a roadmap for a swift resolution of the crisis".

She said the EU was ready to support the process of negotiations and assist in the implementation of a plan for the resolution of the crisis, in particular in the area of counter-terrorism.

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