Kuwait Renews Efforts to Resolve Crisis with Qatar

Jeddah, Kuwait, Cairo – As part of efforts to bolster the Kuwaiti mediation to resolve the Gulf crisis with Qatar, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah sent personal envoys to Saudi Arabia and Egypt to convey messages to the two countries’ leaders.

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Monday a written letter addressed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz from the Kuwaiti Emir.

Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al Sabah and State Minister Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah al-Mubarak Al Sabah delivered the message during a meeting with Prince Mohammed at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah.

The meeting was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, Khalid Al-Isa, Minister of State, member of the cabinet and Chief of the Royal Court, and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s news agency KUNA reported on Monday that Sheikh Sabah dispatched two ministers to Saudi Arabia and Egypt to deliver letters to the two leaders, without elaborating on their content.

Jubeir has separately met with the two Kuwaiti envoys, with whom he discussed “brotherly relations and cooperation between their countries.”

In Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with the Kuwaiti ministers in the presence of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

Egyptian presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said the Kuwaiti foreign minister delivered a written letter from Sheikh Sabah to Sisi on Kuwait’s efforts to deal with the Qatari crisis.

Sheikh Sabah affirmed Egypt’s pivotal role in promoting the joint Arab action “as a major pillar of security and stability in the Arab world,” the spokesman said.

Youssef added that Sisi valued the Kuwaiti emir’s efforts to promote Arab solidarity and consensus.

The Egyptian president reiterated his country’s full support for the Kuwaiti mediation, stressing the need for Qatar to respond to the concerns of Egypt and the three Gulf states.