New bid to resolve Qatar-Saudi spat

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has launched a new bid to resolve a long-running dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    Al-Sabah keen on resolving dispute in Kuwaiti interest

    The premier organised a meeting between Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Riyadh governor Prince Salman bin Abd al-Aziz on a yacht off Monte Carlo Wednesday, the Kuwait City-based al-Qabas daily quoted a ministerial source as saying on Thursday.

      

    Al-Sabah left Kuwait for France late on Wednesday on a three-day "private visit", the official KUNA news agency had reported earlier.

     

    Strong interest

      

    The current chairman of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, Kuwait has a strong interest in resolving the row between the two GCC members, which prompted Saudi Arabia to block construction of a pipeline across its territory through which Kuwait had wanted to import Qatari gas.

      

    The dispute began in summer 2002 when Aljazeera satellite television network aired a discussion in which participants strongly criticised the Saudi royal family.

      

    Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Doha in September of that year and Saudi Crown Prince Abd Allah boycotted a GCC summit in the Qatari capital.

      

    A meeting between the crown prince and the Qatari amir on the sidelines of a GCC summit in Kuwait last December failed to mend fences.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?