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Guterres: We Support Kuwaiti Mediation to Solve Qatar Crisis | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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In Kuwait, Secretary-General António Guterres takes questions from reporters. Photo: UN/Stéphane Dujarric

Kuwait, Manama- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asserted on Sunday that he supported the efforts spent by the State of Kuwait to solve the Qatar crisis.

Following a meeting with the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Sunday, the UN news center quoted Guterres as telling reporters that “the position of the UN is very simple: we are here to support the Kuwaiti mediation.”

The UN Chief added that his visit to Kuwait is an occasion to express deep appreciation and generate ideas about ways to strengthen the cooperation and dialogue between Kuwait and the UN, “as we believe Kuwait is an extremely reliable partner in our common commitment to peace and security around the world.”

Guterres also met on Sunday with Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and both men discussed aspects of existing cooperation between Kuwait and the UN and its agencies, along with the latest regional and international developments.

During their meeting, Sheikh Sabah Khalid praised the UN chief’s efforts to uphold regional and international security and stability, Kuwait’s News Agency KUNA reported.

The Secretary-General visited Kuwait as part of a regional tour before heading to Israel and the Palestinian Territories on Sunday evening.

For his part, Bahrain’s Information Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi spoke on Sunday about the presence of Qatari news spread by Al Jazeera channel to disfigure the image of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

He said such news targets the Qatari viewers and aims to push for Qatari popular movements that demand Doha’s withdrawal from the Council.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday, Rumaihi said he was sorry to announce that Iranian news agencies were also contributing to the campaign by promoting gains that Qatar could earn by withdrawing from the Council.