Qatar willing to listen to Gulf concerns: Kuwait


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 12 June 2017| 17 Ramadaan 1438

Qatar is ready to listen to the concerns of Gulf Arab states that have cut diplomatic and economic ties, Kuwait said on Sunday.

“(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of the concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability,” Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah as saying.

“Is this the beginning of wisdom and reasonable thinking? I hope so,” UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances.

Qatar’s energy minister said on Sunday Doha remained committed to an oil output cut deal agreed by OPEC and non-OPEC producers last month.

Mohammed Al-Sada said in a statement: “Circumstances in the region shall not prevent the state of Qatar from honoring its international commitment of cutting its oil production”.

Qatar has paid $2.5 million to the law firm of a former attorney general under US president George W. Bush to audit its efforts at stopping terrorism funding, a matter at the heart of the Gulf diplomatic crisis that erupted last week.

John Ashcroft personally will lead his Washington-based firm’s efforts “to evaluate, verify and as necessary, strengthen the client’s anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing” compliance and potentially lobby lawmakers and the media, according to documents filed to the US Justice Department.

Source – Saudi Gazette