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Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah (AFP)

Dammam – Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al Sabah arrived in Doha on Wednesday on his fifth and last stop on a tour that took him to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other countries, within the framework of reviving a mediation aimed at resolving the crisis with Qatar.

Sheikh Sabah, accompanied by Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al Sabah, met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to whom he delivered a letter from Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah.

During the past two days, the Kuwaiti envoy visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and conveyed written messages to the Arab leaders in efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.

Kuwaiti sources noted that the Emir has focused in the letters on the need to unite Arab and Gulf leaders in a summit in order to look into possible mechanisms to resolve the crisis.

The sources added that the Emir was seeking to hold direct dialogue between the parties based on the GCC values of preserving unity and solidarity among member states, while rallying international support, especially by the United States, to provide guarantees that meet the demands of the countries boycotting Qatar.

In Doha, a US delegation formed of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Tim Lenderking and retired general Anthony Zinni met with Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The two officials made an earlier visit to Kuwait, where they stressed the US support to Kuwaiti mediation efforts. They are also expected to continue their tour to the countries concerned with the Gulf crisis.

Qatar News Agency (QNA) said that the foreign minister has discussed with Zinni and Lenderking developments in the Gulf crisis.

It also quoted the Qatari minister as saying that his country fully supports the Kuwaiti mediation efforts aimed at finding a solution to the current dispute.

Meanwhile, Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said on Twitter: “Qatar’s crisis is with its neighbors and surroundings. The solution is by addressing these grievances and realities; the solution will not come through external pressures. The solution is in the bravery in facing the crisis.”