France ready to ‘facilitate’ Gulf crisis mediation
Doha, Qatar - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Doha on Saturday that Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states.
‘France should be a facilitator in the mediation’ led by Kuwait, Le Drian told reporters following talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani.
Le Drian flew in to Qatar at the start of a Gulf tour aimed at helping defuse the crisis pitting Qatar against Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.
“France is very concerned by the sudden deterioration in relations between Qatar and many of its neighbours,” said Le Drian, who also met with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.
Le Drian is to travel on to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, following a four-day mediation mission by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that ended on Thursday without any announcement of progress towards defusing mounting tensions in the Gulf.
Jean-Yves Le Drian with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed al Thani