Kuwait to mediate between Iran and GCC in Tehran

Kuwait’s foreign minister is making a rare visit to Iran on Wednesday to start ‘dialogue’ with the GCC. (AFP)

Kuwait’s foreign minister is making a rare visit to Iran on Wednesday to start “dialogue” with the GCC, according to many Iranian and Arab media outlets.

According to Iranian official TV stations he is delivering a message to President Hassan Rouhani on a “basis of dialogue.”

The visit comes days after Rouhani said countries including Kuwait had offered to mediate in the escalating feud between Shi’ite Muslim Iran and Sunni power Saudi Arabia.

Kuwaiti news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah as saying relations between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of six Arab states “must be based on the UN Charter and principles of international law.”

The GCC is still concerned over Tehran using sectarianism to interfere in Arab countries and build its own sphere of influence in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in January 2016 cut diplomatic relations with Iran and some other Gulf states recalled their ambassadors in solidarity with the oil-rich kingdom after its embassy in Iran was torched by protesters.

Analysts say Iran’s terror export poses threat to Bahrain and the Gulf. Recently, Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that Iran is the first security threat to the countries of the Middle East.

As the Bahrain Official News Agency reports, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa announced that a standing committee will be established against the Iranian regime. This committee will be formed on the Arab League to deal with the Iranian regime as well as its meddle in the affairs of the Arabic countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, and KSA.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister emphasized that if the Iranian regime does not stop its blatant interference in the affairs of Bahrain and the GCC countries, Bahrain will propose a grand plan to the GCC in order to deal with such measures taken by the Iranian regime. By cooperating with friendly countries and the international community, the Iranian regime will be isolated in the world more than ever.

Kuwait, which has a sizeable Shi’ite Muslim minority, is seen as a potential mediator. When Kuwait’s emir visited Iran in 2014 it was the first by a ruler of the US-allied Gulf Arab state since the 1979 revolution.

“We are partners in the region and we have many common interests and possibilities,” said Sabah, adding that dialogue would be for the benefit of both sides.

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