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Lavrov in Kuwait for talks to resolve Qatar crisis

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Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the accompanying deputation on Monday, where they discussed the latest Arab and regional updates.

Lavrov’s meetings in Kuwait are a part of a Gulf tour that will also include Qatar and UAE, it is scheduled to last till August 30.

Lavrov, after meeting Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, stressed Moscow’s support for Kuwaiti mediation and urged the concerned countries to sit at one table to discuss the issues.

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah discussed with the Russian Foreign Minister the latest updates and developments on both the regional and the international level when Al-Sabah met the Russian official and his accompanying deputation in the Kuwaiti capital.

The official Kuwaiti news agency said the two sides reviewed during the meeting “the distinguished historical relations between the two countries at all levels.”

Although Moscow has denied on several occasions its mediation in the Qatari crisis, Russian efforts, according to observers, came shortly after Doha’s attempts to buy weapons from Moscow in the midst of the crisis with its neighbors in the Gulf.

“The visit comes as part of Russia’s efforts to support Kuwaiti mediation to resolve the Gulf crisis and will address the situation in Syria,” Russian Ambassador in Kuwait Alexei Solomatin said in an earlier press statement.

Since June 5, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had sever ties with Qatar because of Doha’s support for terrorism.