Kuwait, US hold ‘fruitful talks’ on resolving Gulf crisis

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah held talks on the Gulf crisis. (KUNA)
Kuwait’s Foreign Minister and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah held talks on the Gulf crisis. (KUNA)
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Updated 04 December 2020

Kuwait, US hold ‘fruitful talks’ on resolving Gulf crisis

Kuwait, US hold ‘fruitful talks’ on resolving Gulf crisis
  • The talks come within the framework of reconciliation efforts
  • Saudi Arabia appreciates Kuwait-US efforts towards Gulf crisis

RIYADH: Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah said on Friday that there had been “fruitful talks” toward resolving the Gulf crisis, achieving reconciliation and supporting regional stability and solidarity.

The talks come within the framework of reconciliation efforts, previously led by the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and currently being carried out by Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and US President Donald Trump to resolve the crisis, Kuwait News Agency reported.

“Discussions took place recently, in which all parties affirmed their keenness on Gulf and Arab solidarity and stability and to reach a final agreement that would achieve the aspirations of lasting unity between their countries and to benefit their people,” the minister said in a public address on state TV.

He also expressed his appreciation to Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser, for the “valuable efforts he has made recently in this regard.”

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Friday that the Kingdom appreciated the efforts of Kuwait and the US to bring viewpoints closer regarding the Gulf crisis.

“We hope that the efforts of Kuwait and Washington will be successful, in the interest of the region,” he added in a tweet.

The Arab League said on Friday that Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit welcomed the efforts being made by Kuwait to resolve the Gulf crisis and is monitoring progress.

It added that sincere efforts continue in the Arab world to find a resolution to the dispute based on openness and mutual respect.


UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships
Updated 19 January 2021

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships
  • The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Both sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areasboth sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas

DUBAI: The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and ways of ensuring security and stability in the region with his Cypriot counterpart on Monday,.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan reviewed the prospects of advancing relations with Cyprus in a meeting in Abu Dhabi with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of enhancing international cooperation to ensure fair and equitable access to the vaccine for every country in the world.
Christodoulides praised the UAE’s significant overall efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic and the efficiency of its adopted measures in mitigating the economic and social effects of the crisis.
During his visit to the UAE, the Cypriot minister also met with the Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), Saqr Ghobash, accompanied with the Ambassador of Cyprus to the UAE, Yannis Michaelides.
During the meeting, both sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas.
Ghobash said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on their parliamentary cooperation is required, in addition to reinforcing the role of joint parliamentary friendship committees.
A parliamentary friendship committee between the two countries will hold a meeting in the first quarter of 2021, Ghobash said, and stressed the importance of improving their coordination during global parliamentary events.
Christodoulides said that the UAE was a leading regional and international stature, noting that it is a strategic partner of his country.
He also conveyed the invitation of the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus to Ghobash to visit Cyprus as head of a parliamentary delegation, to discuss ways of reinforcing their parliamentary ties.