French FM holds talks in Kuwait to re­solve Gulf cri­sis

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Kuwait City, Kuwait - French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian held talks with top of­fi­cials in Kuwait on Sun­day in a bid to bol­ster the emi­rate’s at­tempts to me­di­ate in the Gulf cri­sis.

Le Drian met with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ah­mad al Sabah and Kuwait’s for­eign min­is­ter, state news agency KUNA said, for talks on a re­gional rift which has seen Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain sever all ties with Qatar. Le Drian, who was due in the UAE on Sun­day night, stopped in Qatar and Saudi Ara­bia at the start of his two-day Gulf tour on Sat­ur­day.

The French for­eign min­is­ter has sup­ported Kuwait as a me­di­a­tor in the Gulf cri­sis, which he said should be re­solved ‘by the Gulf coun­tries them­selves’. “France does not want to sub­sti­tute the me­di­a­tor,” Le Drian said in Saudi Ara­bia on Sat­ur­day. “It wants to be a fa­cil­i­ta­tor by join­ing ef­forts of other coun­tries.”

Le Drian’s visit comes af­ter a an ear­lier ef­fort by US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son.

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