Kuwait, China seek to boost en­ergy, wa­ter co­op­er­a­tion

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Kuwait, the US and Bri­tain Mon­day called for a rapid end to the Gulf cri­sis through di­a­logue, as they ex­pressed their concern over the pro­long­ing of the dis­pute. Kuwait’s Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and Bri­tain’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Mark Sed­will ex­pressed deep concern “over the con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent cri­sis in the re­gion.”

The three of­fi­cials, meet­ing at Bayan Palace, urged all par­ties to “con­tain this cri­sis rapidly, and to find a so­lu­tion through di­a­logue as soon as pos­si­ble.” Tiller­son and Sed­will reaf­firmed sup­port for me­di­a­tion car­ried out by Kuwait and ef­forts of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to solve the cri­sis.

The meet­ing was at­tended by Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah, Deputy For­e­ing Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah, As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled’s of­fice Am­bas­sador Sheikh Dr Ah­mad Nasser Al-Sabah, As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for pro­to­cols Dhari Al-Ajran and As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for Al-Jar­al­lah’s of­fice Ay­ham Al-Omar. Ear­lier, Tiller­son re­it­er­ated Washington’s com­mit­ment to the se­cu­rity, safety and sta­bil­ity of the State of Kuwait. This came dur­ing a meet­ing with Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, dur­ing which they dis­cussed ways of boost­ing bi­lat­eral ties, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Mean­while, Oman and Qatar said they sup­ported me­di­a­tion of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah to solve the Gulf cri­sis. This came dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween Omani and Qatari For­eign Min­is­ters, Yusuf Ab­dul­lah and Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Thani re­spec­tively, the of­fi­cial ONA news agency re­ported. The two Min­is­ters hoped Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion would help solve the Gulf cri­sis in a way that would pre­serve se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of the GCC, and its com­mon ac­tion, added ONA.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, Sul­tan of Oman Qa­boos Bin Saeed re­ceived a let­ter from Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Ha­mad Al-Thani, deal­ing with bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and is­sues of mu­tual concern. Asaad Bin Qariq, Oman’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs and spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Omani Sul­tan was handed the let­ter by Sheikh Mo­ham­mad. Kuwait is turn­ing into a po­lit­i­cal ‘Mecca’ this com­ing week, with high-pro­file Arab and for­eign of­fi­cials ar­riv­ing and hold­ing talks in light of me­di­at­ing ef­forts led by His High­ness the Amir to solve the dis­pute be­tween Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE on one side and Qatar on the other.

Boris John­son, Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary, vis­ited Kuwait while Tiller­son ar­rived ear­lier in the north Gulf state in yet an­other at­tempt to tackle the dis­pute. Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel also vis­ited the re­gion, in­clud­ing Kuwait. The three men threw their weight be­hind the Kuwaiti me­di­a­tion. Within the frame­work of the me­di­a­tion ef­forts, His High­ness the Amir had paid vis­its to Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, and Qatar, where he held con­struc­tive talks with lead­ers there, who in turn, warmly wel­comed the ini­tia­tive. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah meets with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and Bri­tain’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Mark Sed­will. — KUNA

Kuwait’s Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah meets with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son.

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