Every Thursday, we bring you the latest updates on the blockade and GCC Crisis. Here's what happened last week: GCC Crisis Updates Week 181.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) officials and those from Egypt have been praising the efforts being made by Saudi Arabian officials to try to resolve the blockade on Qatar enforced by these three countries, along with Bahrain, as signs emerge that the blockade may end soon, according to Al Jazeera.
The UAE has praised the efforts being made by Kuwait as well, and the United States, who want to see an end to the rift and the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council reunited.
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the country's first public comment on the efforts and
"praised Saudi Arabia’s “benevolent efforts on behalf of the four states”, adding the Emirates looked forward to a “successful” Gulf Arab summit, which is set to take place this month." (Al Jazeera)
Gargash posted on his Twitter page:
تثمن الإمارات جهود الكويت الشقيقة والمساعي الأمريكية نحو تعزيز التضامن في الخليج العربي، وتدعم المساعي السعودية الخيرة وبالنيابة عن الدول الاربع، وتؤكد على أن علاقات مجلس التعاون مع مصر الشقيقة ركن أساسي في المحافظة على الأمن العربي وإستقرار المنطقة، وتتطلع إلى قمة خليجية ناجحة.— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) December 8, 2020
Similarly, according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry of Egypt, as reported by Al Jazeera, the country has also welcomed recent efforts and developments. This is what the statement said:
“We hope that these commendable efforts will result in a comprehensive solution that addresses all causes of the crisis and guarantees strict and serious commitment to what will be agreed upon.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has said that a resolution of the Gulf crisis is in sight, with all nations involved “on board” and final agreement expected soon, according to Al Jazeera.
Prince Faisal had also said that a breakthrough was imminent. In a statement to AFP news agency, he said
“We are in full coordination with our partners in this process and the prospects that we see are very positive towards a final agreement. The eventual resolution will involve all parties concerned”. (Al Jazeera)
When asked if the dispute was moving towards a full settlement, he said:
“What we envision is a resolution that covers all aspects and is satisfactory to all parties involved and that it would happen soon”. (Al Jazeera)
Qatar has continuously rejected the accusations put on it by the blockading countries as baseless and has always highlighted its readiness for dialogue.
His Excellency (H.E.) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani expressed Qatar's optimism for a solution to the Gulf Crisis, and said that in Qatar we are very positive and always treat any initiative that brings peace in the region positively.
With regard to Kuwaiti mediation between Qatar and the four countries, His Excellency stressed in a video conference with the session of the 6th Rome Forum for Mediterranean Dialogue, that any kind of decisions that will be taken must be a comprehensive solution, and His Excellency said that Qatar does not distinguish between any country.
His Excellency emphasized that the unity of the Gulf will be in the interest of all GCC people, as well as in the interest of the international community.
Kuwaiti's Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah has stated, earlier today, that there have been “constructive and fruitful discussions” on the efforts to achieve reconciliation between Qatar and its neighbouring countries - Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain - in the Gulf crisis. He said that there had been progress in resolving the blockade on Qatar. He, however, did stop short of announcing any breakthrough in the dispute, according to Al Jazeera.
In a statement read out by Al-Sabah on Kuwait TV, he said:
“Fruitful discussion have taken place recently in which all sides expressed their keenness … to reach a final agreement (Al Jazeera)."
The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister also thanked the White House senior adviser Jared Kushner for his “recent efforts” in trying to negotiate between the blockading countries on his recent visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
In a statement before the 75th session of the UN General Assembly to discuss the item "Culture of Peace", Her Excellency Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani underlined that fabricating crises and spreading hatred among peoples undermine the efforts of the international community to promote a culture of peace, noting that the violation of the sovereignty of States, the interference in their internal affairs, and the lack of respect for international law and human rights, contradict the international communities endeavour to spread a culture of peace, according to QNA.
In this context, H.E. Ambassador Sheikha Alya Al-Thani pointed to the ongoing unjust blockade imposed on Qatar for more than three years, emphasizing that the blockade represents a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter, which obliges States to refrain from fueling conflicts and resolve differences through dialogue, in line with the provisions of the international law and the United Nations Charter.
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