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Turkish FM visits Kuwait for talks on Gulf crisis
June 17, 2017, 4:22 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Kuwait on Thursday and held talks with First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah on ways to resolve the ongoing standoff between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors — Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

The Turkish foreign minister discussed with his Kuwaiti counterpart "regional and international developments," and was apprised of the mediation efforts undertaken by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to resolve the situation.

The three Gulf countries, along with Egypt, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives severed all relations with Qatar on 5 June citing security and stability concerns and accusing Qatar of sponsoring terrorism.

On Wednesday, Mr. Cavusoglu had met with Qatar's emir Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the country’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani. The Turkish foreign minister also plans to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks with King Salman.

"We want to hear the views of Saudi Arabia regarding possible solutions and will share with them our views in a transparent way ... We pay a great attention to our relations with them," Mr. Cavusoglu said.

"We are trying hard to prevent any escalation and find a quick solution to the crisis ... Resolving the crisis is not through taking (boycott) decisions but through dialogue," Cavusoglu said.

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia. Turkey is also eager to maintain workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's foe with whom Doha's critics say Qatar maintained excessively close ties.


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