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UN chief Guterres backs Kuwait efforts to solve Gulf crisis

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Visiting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that he supported Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Al-Sabah’s efforts to mediate in the Qatar crisis.

Speaking during a meeting with the Kuwaiti emir, Guterres commended the crucial role and efforts by the State of Kuwait in all political and humanitarian issues.

“I consider Kuwait to be the voice of equilibrium, with dialogue and wisdom in the region. When I see the entire crisis, from Syria to Yemen to the new Gulf crisis, not to mention all the other places of crisis, your leadership has been the leadership of tolerance, dialogue and the bringing of people together,” said Guterres.

He said Kuwait has “no agenda but peace, understanding, security, and this was what lead me during the beginning of the crisis in the Gulf to say that the United Nations policy is very simple; it is to support Kuwaiti mediation.

“We don’t want to have protagonism, we recognize the leadership of Kuwait and we support Kuwait,” the UN chief added.

In June, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain broke off diplomatic ties and transportation links with Qatar for its support for terrorism and destabilizing the region.

The four countries later presented a list of demands to Qatar in order to end the dispute.

These demands include curbing ties with Iran, stopping support for terrorist groups, and shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera network notorious for hostile coverage of the four countries.

Qatar has rejected the demands in a blow to Kuwait’s efforts to resolve the crisis.