France ready to ‘fa­cil­i­tate’ Gulf cri­sis me­di­a­tion

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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

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