Ready for mediation to ease Gulf rift: Qatar

Foreign minister of Qatar said on Tuesday that Doha is ready for mediation efforts after the Arab world’s biggest powers severed ties with it.

In order to give Kuwait a chance to ease regional tensions, Qatar’s ruler had delayed a speech. Doha also decided not to retaliate against the measures.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in a coordinated move on Monday. Yemen, Libya’s eastern-based government and the Maldives joined later and transport links were shut down.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani spoke by telephone overnight with his counterpart in Kuwait which has maintained diplomatic ties with Qatar and decided to postpone a speech to the Qatari people as requested.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said in comments to Qatar-based Al Jazeera television that Qatar wants to give Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah the ability to proceed and communicate with the parties to the crisis and to try to contain the issue.

Al Jazeera quoted the foreign minister as saying, Kuwait’s emir had an important role in a previous Gulf rift in 2014 and Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim regards him as a parent and respects his desire to postpone any speech or step until there is a clearer picture of the crisis.

Sheikh Mohammed told that the measures taken against Qatar had an unprecedented impact on its citizens and on family relations in the Gulf Arab region but said Doha will not take counter measures.

He said that Qatar believes such differences between sister countries must be resolved through dialogue.

Source : Reuters


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