Qatar hails Kuwaiti Emir's call for calm, reconciliation
October 25 2017 12:17 AM
Kuwait
The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah speaks as Kuwaiti crown prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah (right) and Kuwaiti parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim (left) listen on during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on Tuesday.

QNA/Doha

Qatar highly appreciates the Kuwaiti Emir's appeal for not to escalate the situation and hasten to heal the wounds caused by the Gulf crisis, Qatar's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Addressing the opening session of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah stressed the need to preserve the rights of future generations by the current generation of Gulf leaders, saying that their rights require not to escalate the situation and hasten to heal the wounds caused by the crisis between countries that are linked by close bonds of brotherhood and unity of faith, destiny and common interests.
"Throughout its history, Qatar has pursued all means of reconciliation and adopted civilised and peaceful approaches to resolve conflicts, as established by its active diplomacy for decades, thereby, the State of Qatar announces its response to the appeal of HH the Emir of Kuwait."
The statement said Qatar has a strong belief in the fairness of its position in this crisis and its adherence to dialogue based on mutual respect, on the basis of its principles and values.
"These principles are not new and are not reflections of the current circumstances. Qatar has been always pursuing unity in the Gulf, the achievement of the common Gulf goal and the fulfillment of all commitments to preserve the GCC," the statement said.
"Despite the systematic media campaign and the unfair and illegal measures it has been subjected to, Qatar, proud of the civilised behaviour of its people, in response to the call of the Kuwaiti Emir and in line with the approach laid down by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in his address to the nation on July 21, 2017, calls upon citizens, residents and all media in the country to avoid slipping into the abuse of Gulf symbols or drifting behind what is promoted from the siege countries of outdated tribal rifts."
The statement added that Qatar, which is committed to the rules of security, solidarity and friendship among the GCC, "does not accept the violation of these rules, while the Government of Qatar and its people maintain their right to legitimate defence of their just cause with all objectivity and professionalism in all forums and platforms".
Earlier, addressing the Kuwaiti National Assembly, the Emir said that everyone should realise that the only objective of the Kuwaiti mediation in the Gulf crisis was to reform the Gulf house "which is our home and protect it from collapse".
He said the mediation of Kuwait is not merely a traditional mediation by a party between two parties. "We are not a party but one party with two brothers," he said expressing hope that "everyone would be fully aware of the risks of escalation with resulting implications of regional and international damage to the Gulf and its peoples".
He pointed out that history and future generations would not forgive anyone "who contributes, even with one word, to fuel this dispute or be part in it, stressing that the GCC is a promising glimmer of hope in the darkness of Arab action and the candlelight that illuminates the long tunnel and a model to be followed in cooperation," according to Kuwait's News Agency (KUNA).
Sheikh Sabah stressed the need to maintain calm and avoid conflict in an attempt to overcome the crisis. 

Dispute won't be long term, says Bahraini minister 

Bahrain's diplomatic dispute with Qatar is not likely to last for long, the Bahraini minister of industry, commerce and tourism said on Tuesday, Reuters adds.
"I think that the issue we have with Qatar is not something of a long-term nature -- the dispute is going to get solved sooner or later,” Zayed al-Zayani told a business conference in Riyadh.
His comments struck a more optimistic tone than remarks by many other Gulf officials on the diplomatic rift.



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