Oman Shura lauds Amir ef­forts on Gulf cri­sis

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BRUSSELS, Oct 13, (KUNA): Sheikh Khaled Hi­lal Al-Maawali, Speaker of the Shura Coun­cil of Oman, has ex­pressed his full back­ing and sup­port to His High­ness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s ef­forts to heal the rift in the Gulf re­gion.

“We highly ap­pre­ci­ate and strongly sup­port and ex­press our grat­i­tude to the Amir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for all his ef­forts and I firmly be­lieve that the brothers will re­turn, even af­ter some time,” he said.

Al-Maawali made his re­marks in a speech at the 9th Euro­pean Union — Sul­tanate of Oman in­ter-par­lia­men­tary meet­ing hosted in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment by the EP’s Del­e­ga­tion for re­la­tions with the Arab Penin­sula Thurs­day evening.

“Oman with all it can sup­ports the “ac­tive and dy­namic” ef­forts by His High­ness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to heal the rift.

We all are wait­ing for that his­toric mo­ment and we pray to God that the day will come soon,” he added.

Mean­while, in an­swer to a ques­tion by the Bri­tish MEP Wa­jid Khan dur­ing the meet­ing, on Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion

ef­forts, Kuwait’s am­bas­sador to the EU, Bel­gium, NATO and Lux­em­bourg, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks to AlMaawali for his kind words and sup­port to ex­erted ef­forts by His High­ness the Amir.

“This sit­u­a­tion is very painful to us” he said, and hoped that by God’s will a so­lu­tion to the cri­sis will be found soon.

“We all have one des­tiny one fu­ture and one sit­u­a­tion and we can­not live apart of each other,” stressed the Kuwaiti di­plo­mat.

He noted that the de­sire and wish of the lead­ers and the peo­ple of GCC coun­tries is to see a so­lu­tion.

Al-Bu­daiwi con­cluded his re­marks say­ing “we see that EU-GCC (Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil) re­la­tion­ship vi­tal for ev­ery­body and we all work hard to main­tain this re­la­tion­ship.

We in­vested a lot in this by hold­ing many meet­ings, di­a­logue, dis­cus­sions and Kuwait wants this re­la­tion­ship to de­velop fur­ther.”

For her part, Michel Al­liot-Marie, chair of the Del­e­ga­tion, called for closer re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the EU and Oman and also be­tween the EU and GCC say­ing the EP wants to see the GCC “more stronger and united.”

She said the two sides ex­changed views on a num­ber of is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est in­clud­ing the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial sit­u­a­tion in Oman.

The GCC in­cludes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Al-Maawali also ex­pressed his de­sire to in­ten­sify re­la­tions be­tween the EU and Oman and praised the EU’s pos­i­tive role in many is­sues in the re­gion and world­wide.

He pre­sented an overview of the devel­op­ment of the Shura coun­cil in Oman and about his coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy which, he noted, is based on neu­tral­ity and non-in­ter­fer­ence.

Al-Maawali was ac­com­pa­nied by a del­e­ga­tion which in­cluded the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Shura Coun­cil Sheikh Ali bin Nasser Al-Mahrouqi and three mem­bers of the Shura Coun­cil as well as the am­bas­sador of Oman in Brussels Na­jeem AlAbri.

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