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International Community Supports Gulf Solution to ‘Qatari Role’ Crisis | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah (right 2) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (left 3) prior to their meeting in Kuwait City on June 15, 2017. (Cem Özdel/Anadolu Agency)

Washington, Paris, Ankara- World leaders on Thursday stressed the need to adopt a “Gulf solution” to the crisis of the “Qatari role” in the region.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson affirmed during a phone call with Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah on the importance of supporting the efforts of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber al-Sabah and his good offices to contain the Qatari crisis.

A statement issued by the Omani Foreign Minister said the Sultanate looks forward that all parties would substantiate such efforts.

“The Foreign Minister affirmed that the US role is important and there is a need to find solutions to settle such differences,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May urged Qatar to do more in facing extremism and terrorism.  In this regard, May also stressed the need to take steps to de-escalate tension that led major powers and Arab countries to cut ties with Doha.

In Paris, French sources confirmed that the authorities supported a Kuwaiti mediation based on the principle that “Gulf States are able to solve their own problems.”

The sources noted that this message was reiterated by French officials to all parties.

In Kuwait, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country was ready to play a mediation role to resolve the diplomatic row in the Gulf. 

“Turkey stands at the same distance from Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” the foreign minister said, one day after he visited Qatar.

Also, Cavusoglu said he was going to visit the Saudi Kingdom on Friday, and share Turkey’s “sincere views” on the crisis. “Turkey is working to avoid an escalation of the Qatari crisis,” he said.