Gulf diplomatic crisis- Turkish minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds talks with Qatar in Kuwait
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met on Thursday in Kuwait to boost mediation efforts to resolve a dispute between a Saudi-Qatar alliance.
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Cavusoglu discussed with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah “regional and international events,” the official KUN news agency said.
Qatari diplomat Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has launched a mediation effort after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have separate ties to Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
The head of Turkish diplomacy met Wednesday with the Qatari emir and Foreign Minister and intends to visit Saudi Arabia.
Before the talks in Kuwait, Cavusoglu, at a press conference he would travel to the holy city of Mecca on Friday to discuss with King Salman.
“Although the Kingdom is one of the parties to this crisis, we know that King Salman is one of the parties to resolve,” the Turkish minister said.
“We want to hear Saudi Arabia’s views on possible solutions and share our views with them without problems … We pay close attention to our relations with them,” he said.
Cavusoglu said Qatari officials believe they are not the cause of the current crisis and want to know the claims of the four countries.
“We try to avoid any escalation and find a quick solution to the crisis … The solution to the crisis does not make decisions (boycott), but through dialogue,” Cavusoglu said.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have broken their ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing them of supporting “terrorism.”
US President Donald Trump has expressed his support for the allegations against Doha, which have categorically denied.
The crisis has put Turkey in a difficult position as Ankara regards Qatar as its main ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improved relations with the main regional power in Saudi Arabia.
Turkey is also eager to maintain lasting relations with Iran, the enemy of Saudi Arabia with which critics say Qatar Doha has maintained very close ties.