Qatari FM hopes Amir’s Gulf row me­di­a­tion proves suc­cess­ful

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Qatar looks for­ward to see­ing His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s ef­forts to re­solve the Gulf cri­sis a suc­cess, the coun­try’s For­eign Min­is­ter said Fri­day. Qatar’s chief diplo­mat was highly ap­pre­cia­tive of His High­ness the Amir’s ini­tia­tive, whom he de­scribed as a “fa­ther” to the Qatari peo­ple and its Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani.

Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man AlThani, at a press con­fer­ence along­side his Turk­ish coun­ter­part, Mev­lut Cavu­soglu, also ap­pre­ci­ated ef­forts be­ing ex­erted by other coun­tries like the US, the UK and Tur­key. Qatar stands firm on its po­si­tion, he re­it­er­ated, as it hopes for an end to the row. For his part, the Turk­ish for­eign min­is­ter said that his Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s visit to the Gulf to push ahead the row-solv­ing ef­forts would be de­cided next week.

Cavu­soglu ex­pressed the view that the in­volved par­ties should sit down to­gether, at one ta­ble, to find a so­lu­tion within a frame­work based on “logic and ob­jec­tiv­ity.” He also sounded up­beat about US State Sec­re­tary Rex Tiller­son’s re­cent Gulf tour, say­ing it would bear fruit on the medium, and not the short term. The Qatari for­eign min­is­ter, who ar­rived in Ankara Thurs­day evening, is due to meet with the Turk­ish pres­i­dent later Fri­day.

Mean­while, Italy’s For­eign Min­is­ter An­gelino Al­fano ex­pressed hope that the Kuwait’s Gulf med­i­ta­tion suc­ceeds in con­tain­ing the on­go­ing es­ca­la­tion and ten­sion be­tween a num­ber of Arab coun­tries, mainly Saudi Ara­bia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Qatar.

The Kuwaiti med­i­ta­tion could ac­tu­ally ben­e­fit, in ev­ery step and at­tempt, the peace ef­forts to re­solve the dis­pute quickly, Al­fano said in a joint press con­fer­ence with his UAE coun­ter­part Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed AlNahyan in Rome Fri­day. For his part, Sheikh Ab­dul­lah af­firmed the four coun­tries’ keen­ness in keep­ing the cur­rent cri­sis un­der its po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic frame­work in or­der to re­solve it through joint ac­tion.

“Our main goal is to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion for the on­go­ing cri­sis, he said, adding that the cri­sis to re­main within its po­lit­i­cal and le­gal frame­work, and that the four coun­tries would not cross this frame­work, or even cause any es­ca­la­tion in any di­rec­tion that would vi­o­late in­ter­na­tional laws and char­ters. —KUNA

ANKARA: Qatari For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Thani and his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Mev­lut Cavu­soglu shake hands on the side­lines of their press con­fer­ence. —KUNA

ROME: Italy’s For­eign Min­is­ter An­gelino Al­fano (right) speaks dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with his UAE coun­ter­part Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

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