Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Open Humanitarian Hotlines for Mixed Qatari Families
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 22:32
"(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavours to enhance security and stability", Kuwait's state news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as saying.
Kuwait has led a mediation effort to defuse an escalating crisis after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, along with Egypt and a group of smaller countries, severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting "terrorism" - allegations Doha denies.
However, Qatar dismissed the charges as "groundless" and said that its foreign policy would remain unchanged.
Sheikh Mohammed called attempts to isolate Doha "collective punishment" and a "systematic campaign" against Qatar, which he said continued to work alongside the United States against extremism.
"Is this the beginning of wisdom and reasonable thinking?"
Al Jazeera's Ibrahim Mohamed, reporting from Kuwait City, said that the Kuwaiti foreign minister also stressed that his country "will continue to mediate with the aim of mending fences and to address the root causes of the differences".
The Kremlin hopes the Qatar affair will not intervene with the struggle against global terrorism.
At a news conference earlier, he called the actions by the Gulf states "a clear breach of worldwide law". "(It) gives others the impression the US does not know how to manage the relationship with its allies or is incapable".
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar.
Questions have also been raised over whether Qatar should retain the right to host the 2022 football World Cup and over its economic ability to sustain the crisis.
Iran has urged Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute.
Senior officials from the countries opposed to Qatar have warned it that appealing for foreign assistance will not advance a reconciliation.
Mohammed al-Sada said in a statement: "circumstances in the region shall not prevent the state of Qatar from honouring its worldwide commitment of cutting its oil production".
The coordinated move suggests the Gulf states are seeking to lessen the humanitarian impact of their June 5 severing of ties with Qatar, in retaliation for what they call its support for terrorism and their regional foe Iran.