Boris Johnson flies in to Qatar to sort out Gulf crisis

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08 July, 2017

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson discussed on Saturday the latest developments of the GCC crisis and its implications in terms of regional and global stability.

Sheikh Mohamed also stressed that the siege was set without resorting to the mechanisms adopted by regional and global organisations.

Jarallah made his remarks after meeting Wednesday with Johnson in London, adding that they both reviewed developments of the Gulf dispute since its beginning, as well as Kuwait's efforts aimed at bridging the gap and reaching a solution to the root causes of the dispute.

Johnson met with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah in Kuwait before coming to Qatar.

Johnson, who held meeting on Friday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is due to travel to Qatar later on Saturday for meetings with its Amir and prime minister.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has flown to Kuwait and Qatar to try and bring an end to the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region.

Gabriel said there were sufficient possibilities to defuse the situation, while pressing for joint regional efforts against terror financing.

The top British diplomat expressed anxiety at the crisis between Qatar and a Saudi Arabia-led alliance of Arab countries, saying the blockade imposed on Doha is "unwelcome" and the parties need to resolve it through dialogue.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with Qatar last month.

They included downgrading ties with Iran, a regional rival of Saudi Arabia, and shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera media network.

The quartet cut diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar in early June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and later issuing a list of 13 demands to the country. Kuwaiti officials have held talks with the foreign ministers of Germany and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Oman, which has not joined the Qatar boycott.

Johnson arrived in Kuwait from Riyadh, the first leg of his Gulf tour which will also take him to Qatar. "But I am not going to pretend that it is going to be overnight", Johnson said after the meeting.

Before embarking on the trip, the minister said: "Britain's close and historic friendship with all of the Gulf states is becoming even more relevant and important in today's volatile world".

"The Foreign Secretary will urge all parties to get behind Kuwait's mediation efforts, which the United Kingdom strongly supports, and work towards deescalation and Gulf unity for the sake of regional stability", the British foreign office said in a statement.

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