Kuwait's FM meets EU foreign policy chief on regional developments

July 24, 2017



KUWAIT/CAIRO:  Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah Khaled Al Sabah met on Sunday with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on latest developments in the regional and international arenas, state news agency KUNA reported. 

The Kuwaiti foreign minister praised the distinguished ties between the EU and Kuwait, along with relations between the European bloc and the Gulf Cooperation Council in various fields. Mogherini started a visit to Kuwait on Sunday to express EU support of its mediation efforts to resolve the Gulf dispute. 

The Saudi-led bloc cut ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on it on June 5, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Qatar has strongly denied the charges. 

The Arab quartet initially put forward a list of 13 demands to Qatar, demanding it close the Al-Jazeera channels, downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran, and stopping financing extremist groups. 

Signs of easing of the Qatari crisis emerged recently after the visits to Gulf by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as by foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France. Kuwait has also played a role in calming down the tensions through its intense mediation efforts. 

After Qatar signed a deal with the U.S. on combating terrorism funding during Tillerson's visit, the Saudi-led alliance has reduced their demands for Qatar to only six broad principles, mainly including ending financing terrorism and inciting propaganda against them. 

Qatar also revised its anti-terror law over the week in a bid to show its willingness to end the crisis. This move was welcomed by the UAE, which hailed it as a "positive step" on Friday. 

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