Selangor Journal

Diplomatic War: Turkey calls for discussion, Kuwait prepared to be mediator

GLOBAL, JUNE 6: Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for a dialogue session and discussion between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Qatar after several countries severed diplomatic ties with the latter due to safety issues.
Erdogan had contacted the Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani; Russian President, Vladimir Putin; Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, said Presiden Erdogan’s sources.
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A Turkish News Agency, ANADOLU AGENCY reported that Ankara wants a peaceful resolution to these countries’ diplomatic conflict.
Turkish Foreign Minister issued a statement calling for unity and stability, and to be prepared to begin efforts towards a peaceful resolution in the near future.
Meanwhile, The Emir of Kuwait received a visit from a Saudi representative and had telephoned Qatar’s ruler in an effort to become the mediator, after Riyadh and several Gulf countries severed their ties with Doha.
KUNA news agency reported that King Salman’s advisor and Mecca’s Governor, Prince Khaled al-Faisal sent a voice message to Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah relating to ‘bilateral ties and the latest regional and international development’.
Sheikh Sabah had then contacted the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and had asked him not to take any step that could worsen the situation.
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The Kuwait’s ruler also contacted Sheikh Tamin to ‘give a chance to the efforts to curb tensions between brothers’.
Kuwait, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comprising of six members did not follow suit in severing ties with Qatar.
The Kuwait ruler played an important role in a similar crisis in 2014 which finally ended the dispute between Qatar and its neighbouring countries.

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