Qatar willing to listen to Gulf concerns, Kuwait says
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 8:53
Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he had observed with "sadness" the feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, which he described as "brother countries" of his Muslim-majority country.
The head of the industries, business and trade organization in the Fars province was also quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying on Sunday the first planes carrying food to Qatar had flown from the southern city of Shiraz.
Saudi Arabia and allies, including Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar last week, accusing the country of supporting Islamist militants and arch-foe Iran. This situation is a repeat of 2014, when several Gulf countries recalled their Ambassadors from Doha over its support for Muslim Brotherhood.
Iran has sent five planes full of food to Qatar as neighbouring Gulf countries continue to impose sanctions against the energy-rich Kingdom.
Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar and has often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, said it wanted to resolve the dispute "within the unified Gulf house".
Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5 million for a 90-day period as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including US Treasury rules, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, filing on Friday with the Justice Department.
For its part, Qatar issued an overnight statement saying residents living in the country from nations that severed ties would have "complete freedom" to stay despite the "hostile and tendentious campaigns" now targeting it. Lavrov called for direct talks between Doha and other Arab states to overcome the diplomatic crisis and confirmed its readiness to continue dialogue with Qatar in all spheres.
The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Gulf War, has seen Arab nations and others cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major USA military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
An Iranian diplomat in Doha said three cargo planes from Iran were landing in Qatar each day, bringing mostly fruit and vegetables.
While Tillerson and others have called for an easing of tensions, Trump said on Friday that Qatar had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".
"Kuwait stresses the need for the dispute to be resolved within the Gulf framework", Sheikh Sabah said in a statement quoted by the KUNA news agency.
Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, welcomed the mediation efforts.
The new flights have increased Iranian air traffic by 17 percent, the official state news agency has reported.