Oman Shura lauds Amir’s ef­forts to re­solve Gulf cri­sis

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BRUS­SELS: Sheikh Khaled Hi­lal Al-Maawali, speaker of the Shura Coun­cil of Oman, has ex­pressed his full back­ing and sup­port to His High­ness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah‘s ef­forts to heal the grow­ing rifts in the Gulf re­gion. “We highly ap­pre­ci­ate and strongly sup­port and ex­press our grat­i­tude to the Amir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for all his ef­forts” he said.

Al-Maawali made his re­marks in a speech at the 9th Eu­ro­pean Union - Sul­tanate of Oman in­ter-par­lia­men­tary meet­ing hosted in the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment by the EP’s Del­e­ga­tion for re­la­tions with the Arab Penin­sula on Thurs­day evening. “Oman whole-heart­edly sup­ports the “ac­tive and dy­namic” ef­forts by HH Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to heal the rifts. We all are wait­ing for the his­toric mo­ment when peace is fi­nally achieved and we pray to God that the day will come soon,” he added.

Mean­while, in an­swer to a ques­tion by the Bri­tish MEP Wa­jid Khan dur­ing the meet­ing, on Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion ef­forts, Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to the EU, Bel­gium, NATO and Luxembourg, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks to Al-Maawali for his kind words and sup­port to ex­erted ef­forts by HH the Amir.

“This sit­u­a­tion is very painful to us” he said, and hoped that by God’s will, a so­lu­tion to the cri­sis will be found soon. “We all have one des­tiny one fu­ture and one sit­u­a­tion and we can­not live by dis­tanc­ing our­selves from each other,” stressed the Kuwaiti diplo­mat. He noted that the de­sire and wish of the lead­ers and the peo­ple of GCC coun­tries is to see a so­lu­tion. Al-Bu­daiwi con­cluded his re­marks say­ing “we see that EU-GCC (Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil) re­la­tion­ship is vi­tal for ev­ery­body and we con­tinue to work hard to main­tain this re­la­tion­ship.” “We in­vested a lot in this by hold­ing sev­eral meet­ings, di­a­logue, dis­cus­sions and Kuwait wants this re­la­tion­ship to de­velop fur­ther.” For her part, Michel Al­liot-Marie, chair of the Del­e­ga­tion, called for closer re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the EU and Oman and also be­tween the EU and GCC say­ing the EP wants to see the GCC “more stronger and united.” She said the two sides ex­changed views on a num­ber of is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est in­clud­ing the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial sit­u­a­tion in Oman.

The GCC in­cludes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE. Al-Maawali also ex­pressed his de­sire to in­ten­sify re­la­tions be­tween the EU and Oman and praised the EU’s pos­i­tive role in many is­sues in the re­gion and world­wide. He pre­sented an over­view of the de­vel­op­ment of the Shura coun­cil in Oman and about his coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy which, he noted, is based on neu­tral­ity and non-in­ter­fer­ence.

BRUS­SELS: Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to the EU, Bel­gium, NATO and Luxembourg, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi speaks dur­ing the 9th EU-Sul­tanate of Oman in­ter-par­lia­men­tary meet­ing. — KUNA

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