Amiri en­voy de­liv­ers let­ters in Oman, UAE and Bahrain

US re­it­er­ates sup­port to Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion ef­forts

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KUWAIT: Amiri En­voy First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah and Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah AlMubarak Al-Sabah yes­ter­day vis­ited UAE, Oman and Bahrain to de­liver let­ters by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the lead­ers of the GCC na­tions.

In Oman, the let­ter to Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said on the re­cent re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments, was handed to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co­op­er­a­tion Af­fairs and Per­sonal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Sul­tan Qa­boos Asa’ad bin Tariq bin Taimour Al-Said. The meeting was at­tended by As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for the First Deputy Premier and For­eign Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Am­bas­sador Dr Sheikh Ah­mad Nasser AlMo­ham­mad Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Oman Fa­had Al-Mu­tairi. In UAE, the let­ter to Pres­i­dent of the UAE Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, was handed to UAE Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter, and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al-Mak­toum.

In Bahrain, the del­e­ga­tion de­liv­ered a sim­i­lar let­ter from His High­ness the Amir to Bahraini King Ha­mad bin Isa Al-Khal­ifa. The let­ter has a bear­ing on the lat­est re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments and sev­eral is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est. The meeting was at­tended by As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for the First Deputy Premier and For­eign Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Am­bas­sador Dr Sheikh Ah­mad Nasser Al-Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Bahrain Sheikh Az­zam Mubarak Al-Sabah.

Mean­while, two US en­voys ar­rived in Kuwait at the start of a tour of Mideast states aimed at re­solv­ing a di­plo­matic rift be­tween Qatar and four Arab coun­tries. The of­fi­cial Kuwait news agency KUNA re­ported late on Mon­day that re­tired US Ma­rine Gen An­thony Zinni and Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State Ti­mothy Len­derk­ing met with Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al­Jar­al­lah and re­it­er­ated Wash­ing­ton’s sup­port for Kuwait’s ef­forts to me­di­ate the cri­sis.

Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut di­plo­matic and trans­porta­tion links with Qatar in early June, al­leg­ing it sup­ports ex­trem­ists. Qatar de­nies the charge. The State De­part­ment says the en­voys will also meet with lead­ers in all five coun­tries over the com­ing days.

Ti­mothy Len­derk­ing, the US deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for Gulf af­fairs, and re­tired US Ma­rine Corps Gen­eral An­thony Zinni “are in the Gulf re­gion this week to en­gage with the par­ties in­volved and sup­port the Gov­ern­ment of Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion ef­forts,” a State De­part­ment of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity. US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, whose own trip to the Gulf in July re­sulted in a US-Qatari ac­cord on com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing but no ma­jor break­through in the dis­pute, an­nounced Zinni and Len­derk­ing’s mis­sion last week. Zinni’s pres­ence would help “main­tain a con­stant pres­sure on the ground, be­cause I think that’s what it’s go­ing to take,” Tiller­son told re­porters last week. “There’s only so much you can do with tele­phone per­sua­sion. But we are com­mit­ted to see this dis­agree­ment re­solved, re­store Gulf unity, be­cause we think it’s im­por­tant to the long-term ef­fort to de­feat ter­ror­ism in the re­gion.” — Agen­cies

—KUNA

ABU DHABI/MUS­CAT: Amiri En­voy First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah de­liv­ers a let­ter to UAE Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter, and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al-Mak­toum. (Right) Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah hands over an Amiri let­ter to Omani of­fi­cial.

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