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Qatar foreign minister arrives in Kuwait amid Gulf crisis

Last week Kuwait expressed readiness to provide guarantees to ensure no harm is caused by Qatar

Gulf News

Dubai: Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani arrived in Kuwait on Wednesday for an unscheduled visit amid a Gulf crisis triggered by the cut-off of ties between Doha and four Arab states.

In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

No details were yet available about the content of the minister’s talks in Kuwait, which has been mediating to resolve the crisis.

Earlier this month, Kuwait’s ruler sent messages to the leaders of the four countries boycotting Qatar, in a move seen by the media as a new Kuwaiti initiative to resolve the crisis.

The four states have imposed a sea, land and air embargo on Qatar and presented a list of demands for Doha or face further sanctions.

Last week, Kuwait expressed readiness to provide guarantees, jointly with the United States and the Arab bloc to ensure that “no harm is caused by Qatar”.

The guarantee offer is part of the efforts exerted by Kuwait to mediate in one of the worst crises to hit the Gulf and to prepare for direct dialogue between the Quartet and Qatar.

Kuwait has been pushing for mediation that would bring the two sides together.

A first mediation effort ended without visible progress, and the two sides, while acknowledging the significance of the Kuwaiti role, did not budge from their positions.

A second drive was launched by Kuwait when envoys of Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah on Monday and Tuesday visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, the UAE and Bahrain to deliver missives to their leaders.