EU ac­tively sup­port­ing Kuwaiti me­di­a­tion ef­forts: Mogherini

Euro­pean states back Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Euro­pean Union is ac­tively sup­port­ing the Kuwaiti me­di­a­tion ef­forts to re­solve the on­go­ing cri­sis in the Gulf, EU High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fed­er­ica Mogherini an­nounced Tues­day. The EU for­eign pol­icy chief in a state­ment said she is tak­ing part in a num­ber of high level en­gage­ments to de-es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion with the back­ing of the 28 EU Mem­ber States, and she is in con­tact on a daily ba­sis with all the rel­e­vant play­ers in­clud­ing the for­eign min­is­ters of Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Ara­bia and Qatar.

She noted that last Fri­day she met in Croa­tia with Kuwait’s Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs and Act­ing In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak AlSabah, and un­der­lined the im­por­tance of the unity and sta­bil­ity of the Gulf re­gion and the “ur­gent need for a di­a­logue to avoid fur­ther es­ca­la­tion and re­solve dif­fer­ences.” Both agreed that a so­lu­tion should be found within the frame­work of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) and that other coun­tries should not be drawn into the dis­pute. Mogherini also met with the For­eign Min­is­ter of Qatar, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Thani, at the be­gin­ning of June. There she spoke of the good re­la­tions the EU has with the GCC, the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of the re­gion and that restor­ing a good level of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion in the Gulf is “key for the ben­e­fit of all cit­i­zens of the Gulf, of all peo­ple in the Gulf.” In an ef­fort to en­gage all par­ties con­cerned, Mogherini also spoke with the for­eign min­is­ters Adel Al-Jubeir of Saudi Ara­bia and Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif of Iran. She also met Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs of the United Arab Emi­rates, An­war Ger­gash, in Brus­sels on 20 June.

“All to­gether, we en­cour­age de-es­ca­la­tion and most of all we en­cour­age all Gulf coun­tries to en­gage in po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue with­out pre­con­di­tions ac­cept­ing the me­di­a­tion role of Kuwait,” the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

The EU is “ready to help, as­sist and ac­com­pany these me­di­a­tion ef­forts in all ways that might be re­quested,” she added. Mogherini re­stated that “the Euro­pean Union has the firm in­ten­tion to keep strong re­la­tion­ships and ties with all the Gulf coun­tries and we hope that they will man­age to re­store good work­ing re­la­tions among them.”

Mean­while, France yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated its sup­port for the me­di­a­tion of the State of Kuwait in the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis around Qatar, say­ing the Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive was pos­i­tive in help­ing pro­mote di­a­logue be­tween the par­ties. “France in­vites the Gulf Arab States to set­tle the dif­fer­ences they evoke through con­sul­ta­tions,” the French For­eign Min­istry said. “We re­it­er­ate our sup­port for the me­di­a­tion brought by Kuwait, which con­sti­tutes a pos­i­tive un­der­tak­ing in fa­vor of di­a­logue,” Paris added. Kuwait has played a cru­cial role in me­di­at­ing be­tween the par­ties and in shut­tle diplo­macy to en­cour­age re­straint and di­a­logue, and also to ex­tend dead­lines in the dis­pute.

Sep­a­rately, Rus­sia yes­ter­day ex­pressed its sup­port for Kuwait’s ef­forts as the main me­di­a­tor in the Gulf cri­sis. At the end of his meet­ing with the Arab League’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ah­mad AbulGheit, Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow backs Kuwait as the coun­try at­tempts to quell the en­su­ing rift be­tween the Gulf neigh­bors. The Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter noted that his coun­try stands ready to join ef­forts to solve the con­flict, if asked. Lavrov also un­der­scored the need to quell the un­rest through pro­duc­tive di­a­logue. —KUNA

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EU High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fed­er­ica Mogherini

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