Kuwait commends U.S. efforts for Gulf crisis resolution

Written by on March 21, 2019

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah, on Wednesday commended the U.S. for its efforts at resolving the Gulf crisis.

He told U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Kuwait, on his first leg of a three-nation trip to the Middle East, that Kuwaiti Government “appreciates U.S. efforts and support to resolve the Gulf crisis”.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism, a charge that Doha has denied.

“Kuwait has strategic relations with the U.S.,” Al-Sabah said.

On Yemen, he said that Kuwait had agreed with the U.S. that “it is essential to resolve the Yemeni crisis.

“We believe in the U.S. friendship with several countries of the region which will lead to an accepted solution to the Palestinian issue,” the Kuwaiti minister added.

Pompeo on Wednesday called for an end to a long-running row between a Saudi-led bloc of countries and neighbouring Qatar as Washington tries to build a regional anti-Iran alliance.

“It’s not in the best interest of the region, it’s not in the best interest of the world.

“We all have the same set of threats, the threats from al-Qaida and from Islamic State; the threat from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the top U.S. diplomat said at a news conference with Al-Sabah.

With the exception of Egypt, the countries embroiled in the row are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a U.S.-allied grouping that also includes Kuwait and Om


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