GCC-US summit will be successful, hopes Kuwait
March 08 2018 11:02 PM
Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah.

QNA/Kuwait City

A proposed US-GCC summit slated for next spring is expected to lead to the end of the Gulf crisis, Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah has said.
In an interview to Kuwait News Agency (Kuna), al-Jarallah said the US has been trying to host Gulf leaders in a bid to resolve the dispute but so far no invitations have been sent.
"However, several prominent Gulf figures would be shortly visiting the US, amid moves which could pave the way for the convening of the summit," he said.
The Kuwaiti official expressed the hope that the summit would be held, and the Gulf dispute would end. 
"The region is facing great and very dangerous challenges, and we will not be able to face these challenges individually," he said.
Qatar's foreign minister has said his country is willing to participate in the US-GCC summit provided that the blockading countries' motivation is based on real will and not coercion. 
Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, earlier this month, HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that any solution to the dispute between the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council must be premised on the principles of equality between the nations of the region. 
Al-Jarallah recalled the successful efforts exerted by the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to prevent escalation of the Gulf dispute and said the Emir's peace efforts were based on his commitment to preserve the bloc's unity.
"The Emir of Kuwait moved quickly to resolve the Gulf dispute and he succeeded in calming the atmosphere," the Kuwaiti official said.
Referring to the lack of progress in the peace efforts, the Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister said the Emir has not despaired over the impasse "to close the page of this dispute".
He noted the great role of the Kuwaiti Emir in fostering the GCC, saying that the brothers in the member countries were aware of this role played by him.
Al-Jarallah said that in the absence of cohesion, the Gulf system will remain weak to face the challenges, adding "the United States is aware of this and it is seeking, as we seek in Kuwait, to end this dispute and to devote ourselves to face these threats".
The GCC is a political and economic alliance of six countries in the Arabian peninsula: Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
The Gulf crisis was triggered on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a land, sea and air blockade after accusing it of supporting "terrorism" and "extremism".
Qatar has strongly denied the allegations.

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