UN chief urges Gulf states to heal rifts
October 01 2017 11:46 PM
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
Guterres called on all parties to resolve their differences by sitting down at the negotiating table and showing a spirit of good neighbourliness and respect.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his support for the ongoing Kuwaiti mediation efforts aimed at ending the Gulf crisis, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted his statement as saying.

Guterres called on all parties to resolve their differences by sitting down at the negotiating table and showing a spirit of good neighbourliness and respect.
He said the UN is ready to support mediation efforts led by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
In a letter to the Kuwaiti Emir, the UN chief said: "You are also uniquely placed to play a role in the mediation efforts aimed at bringing the crisis in the Gulf to an end. You are a friend to both sides of this dispute and I am sure they carefully listen to your advice.
"The United Nations strongly supports the continuation of your country's mediation efforts and stands ready to assist you in any way and at any time you deem most appropriate."
The Kuwaiti Emir has visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in his bid to negotiate a settlement to the Gulf crisis.
Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of supporting extremism. The Saudi-led bloc also imposed a blockade on Qatar.
Qatar has vehemently denied the allegation and the blockading nations have failed to date to produce any evidence in support of their accusations.
Qatar has consistently maintained that any differences in views have to be settled through talks based on mutual respect.



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