Kuwait Emir Mediates for Qatar

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has been meeting with heads of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE in an effort to resolve the conflict among the nations. In June 5, 2017, four nations in the Middle East (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) announced that they are cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar over alleged issues of terrorism.

While more countries in the Gulf area have also cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, Kuwait did not join these countries. The Kuwait emir started visiting some of the conflicting countries in an effort to resolve the situation.

Emir of Kuwait visits Qatar photo credit: Kuwait News Agency

Mediation with Gulf countries

His Highness Sheikh Sabah met with Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday. In their meeting, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait relayed the outcomes of his trips to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and ways to resolve the crisis among these nations. Senior officials from Kuwait and Qatar attended the meeting.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani praised his Kuwaiti counterpart for his efforts in restoring the normal relations among the conflicting GCC member states. The Kuwaiti emir was also instrumental in helping Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states to reach a compromise in a diplomatic dispute in 2014.