Kuwait emir warns of GCC col­lapse and cri­sis es­ca­la­tion

The Miracle - - National & Int - Source: Al-Jazeera

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ah­mad Al Sabah, warned of the col­lapse of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) - an al­liance of Gulf coun­tries - should the cri­sis with Qatar re­main un­re­solved. In a state­ment at a Kuwaiti par­lia­ment ses­sion on Tues­day, the emir warned GCC lead­ers of the po­ten­tial dan­ger­ous mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion that may en­sue as a re­sult of the po­lit­i­cal dead­lock. “Con­trary to our wishes and hopes, the Gulf cri­sis has the po­ten­tial of es­ca­lat­ing; there­fore, all of us must be fully aware of its po­ten­tial con­se­quences,” Sheikh Sabah said. “Any es­ca­la­tion will bring with it an out­right call for re­gional and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ven­tion, which will de­stroy the se­cu­rity of the Gulf and its peo­ple.” The GCC is a po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic al­liance of coun­tries in the Ara­bian penin­sula, in­clud­ing Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates. Es­tab­lished in 1981, the al­liance fos­ters eco­nomic, se­cu­rity, cul­tural and social co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the six na­tions. But the fate of the GCC has been thrown into ques­tion as a re­sult of the deep rift caused by a land, air and sea block­ade im­posed on Qatar by Bahrain, Saudi Ara- bia, the UAE and Egypt on June 5. Sheikh Sabah stressed that Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion ef­forts should be seen through the lens of the fam­ily of Gulf na­tions: “We are not a third party in this cri­sis. Rather, we are a party of one with the other two brother-na­tions in this cri­sis.” The GCC is the only bea­con of light and hope amid the dark­ness now grip­ping the re­gion, the emir added. He warned that the col­lapse of the GCC would mean the col­lapse of the last bas­tion of joint Arab co­op­er­a­tion, not­ing that his coun­try’s goal was to re­solve the cri­sis and pre­vent the GCC from col­lapse. “His­tory and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Arabs will not for­get those who con­trib­uted to the es­ca­la­tion of the con­flict and caused the de­struc­tion of the Gulf,” Sheikh Sabah cau­tioned. The coun­tries that im­posed the block­ade on Qatar claim that it works to sup­port “ter­ror­ism”, main­tains cor­dial re­la­tions with Iran and med­dles in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of their coun­tries. But Qatar in­sists there is “no le­git­i­mate jus­ti­fi­ca­tion” for the ac­tions taken by the four na­tions, call­ing their de­ci­sion a “vi­o­la­tion of its sovereignty”.

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