EU reaf­firms sup­port of Kuwait’s ef­forts to re­solve Gulf cri­sis

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Euro­pean Union (EU) on Fri­day re­it­er­ated ‘full sup­port’ to Kuwaiti ef­forts to put an end to the Gulf cri­sis within the frame­work of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC). This came in a joint state­ment is­sued fol­low­ing talks be­tween EU High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy Federica Mogherini and Kuwaiti Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah in Dubrovnik in Croa­tia.

“[Mogherini] ex­pressed the EU’s full sup­port for the ef­forts of His High­ness the Amir of Kuwait (Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah) to heal the rift in re­la­tions be­tween some Gulf coun­tries and re­duce ten­sion in the re­gion as a whole,” said the state­ment. Dur­ing the meet­ing, which was at­tended by Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium Jassem Al-Bu­daiwi, they dis­cussed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments of the Gulf cri­sis and the per­spec­tives for over­com­ing cur­rent ten­sions, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Mogherini and Sheikh Mo­ham­mad “ex­pect all par­ties in­volved to re­duce ten­sion and to en­gage ur­gently in a dia­logue to re­solve their dif­fer­ences,” it added. They re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of the unity and sta­bil­ity of the Gulf re­gion, em­pha­siz­ing that a solution should be found within the frame­work of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC), and dis­cussed ways in which the EU could best sup­port this work. In par­tic­u­lar, they stressed that it was im­por­tant to avoid other re­gions be­ing drawn into this dis­pute. Sheikh Mo­ham­mad shared with Mogherini the ele­ments of the me­di­a­tion that Kuwait has been un­der­tak­ing. They agreed to con­tinue work­ing in close co­op­er­a­tion for the swiftest pos­si­ble res­o­lu­tion of the sit­u­a­tion. Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah is in Croa­tia as part of a tour that has taken him to Wash­ing­ton, London, Paris and Berlin within the frame­work of Kuwait’s ef­forts to re­solve the Gulf cri­sis.

In Wash­ing­ton, the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial held talk with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, call­ing on all par­ties to ex­er­cise re­straint to al­low for pro­duc­tive diplo­matic dis­cus­sions in the GCC. Also in Wash­ing­ton, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak met with UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res, who lauded the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion’s sup­port to Kuwaiti me­di­a­tion ef­forts.

In London, the Kuwaiti min­is­ter met with Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son, who voiced London’s back­ing to Kuwaiti ef­forts to put an end to the Gulf cri­sis, and vowed to work with Kuwait in this re­gard. In Paris, he held talks with French For­eign Min­is­ter JeanYves Le Drian, who urged all par­ties to re­duce ten­sion and hold dia­logue. — KUNA

Kuwait’s Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah meets with French For­eign Min­is­ter JeanYves Le Drian.

Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son meets with Kuwaiti Min­is­ter for Cabi­net Af­fairs Mo­hammed Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah.

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