Kuwait says Qatar ‘ready to understand’ Gulf concerns

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Kuwait said on Sunday that Qatar has expressed willingness to understand concerns from other Gulf states.

Kuwait is acting as a mediator in the biggest diplomatic crisis in the region in years, which saw Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, plus Egypt and Yemen, on Monday announced they were cutting all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism.

The Kuwaiti foreign minister said in a statement carried by the KUNA press agency that his country is eager to resolve tension among Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“Qataris are willing to find a solution to the current dilemma,” Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah said.

"(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 endeavors to enhance security and stability," the minister added.

"The state of Kuwait will not abandon its efforts and will continue its good will efforts to patch the rift and find a solution that will deal with the root cause of the causes of the dispute... in the brotherly relations," he also said.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have called on Qatar to stop supporting extremists in the region in order for diplomatic ties to be restored.

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