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EU backs Kuwaiti efforts to solve Gulf diplomatic crisis

Europe
19.06.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Luxembourg (dpa) - The European Union wants a swift de-escalation to the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab states, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, stressing their support for mediation efforts by Kuwait.

The crisis broke out when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen severed diplomatic ties and closed borders with Qatar two weeks ago over alleged support for terrorism. Other Arab countries have since followed suit.

"Foreign ministers gave a strong message of unity and determination of the European Union to back the Kuwaiti mediation efforts," said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after the ministerial meeting. "They need all our support and we stand ready to help."

The foreign ministers noted that resolving the crisis was "vital for the stability of the region."

Qatar has been accused of supporting terrorism - a charge that Doha has repeatedly denied. Its critics also see the country as being too close to Iran.

 

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