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Kuwaiti media signals new move to solve Gulf crisis

Kuwait is a key mediator in the region [Getty]

Date of publication: 10 November, 2020

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According to Kuwaiti media, fresh efforts to end the Qatar blockade and GCC crisis are ongoing.
Renewed efforts to end the years-long blockade on Qatar are being pushed by Kuwait, local media reported on Tuesday.

The fresh push for a solution to the GCC crisis is backed by the US, Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas reported.

Key mediator Kuwait is working on the main contentious topics that have served as "the main reason for a delay" in resolving the crisis, the report added.

"There is a keenness from Kuwait, America and the Gulf to contain this dispute," Kuwaiti sources said, according to Al-Qabas.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed an illegal air, land and sea blockade on the Gulf state over what they claimed was Doha's financing of extremist groups and its ties to Iran - Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival.

Qatar vehemently denies the charges.

The quartet imposed wide-ranging punitive measures including banning Qatari planes through their airspace, closing the Gulf state's only land border with Saudi Arabia, and expelling Qatari citizens.

Kuwait has long acted as a mediator in the crisis and has attempted to close the widening gap between the blockading counties and Qatar.

In September, Qatari Defence Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah said US President Donald Trump abandoned support for the Gulf states' blockade of Qatar in 2017 when he realised Washington's key relationship with Doha.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera's "Zero Distance" show, Al-Attiyah claimed that Washington prevented a 2017 invasion of Qatar proposed by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, which would have also involved the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt.

Trump strongly rejected the Saudi proposal, asking Kuwait to mediate between the GCC states.

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