Kuwait hopes for remedy to Gulf row

April 10, 2014 - 5:21:35 am

KUWAIT: Kuwait expects to see “positive steps” taken in a dispute between Qatar and three other Gulf Arab states as soon as this week that may include a decision to send those countries’ ambassadors back to Doha, a Kuwaiti official said yesterday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last month took the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors from Qatar in protest at what they see as Doha’s giving support to Islamist groups.

“There will be very positive steps in the future regarding this ... I hope this week,” Kuwait’s undersecretary for foreign affairs Khaled Al Jarallah told reporters.

“Part of this will be the ambassadors going back,” he said, adding that all the Gulf states wanted to repair their “brotherly” ties.

Kuwait is planning to present a solution to the two sides soon, a Gulf Arab diplomat said yesterday, asking not to be named. 

At an annual Arab summit last month, Kuwait’s Emir H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah urged Arab states to overcome rifts in order to tackle the “enormous” regional dangers.