Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014

Qatar Leaves Kuwait And Turns To Obama For The Gulf Crisis

Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, The Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs, is leaving for Washington to discuss the situation in Qatar with US Secretary of State John Kerry, an American Foreign Ministry source said on Monday. Al-Attiyah and Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Ambassador at Washington, are also planning to meet with Barak Obama during their stay in US, the source told reporters.
Sources say that Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Ambassador in the USA has given an official letter from the Qatar Royal family requesting urgent help and US mediation in the crisis between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
In a phone interview with BMCSR a Qatari diplomat informed us that the Kuwaiti mediation in the disagreement between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar has failed. We don’t see Kuwaiti’s as a powerful mediator and prefer a non-gulf state meditation in this crisis.
We strongly urge the US to adopt a number of essential mediators to end this shady crisis. ‘The US government should make clear in words and in practice its commitment to respecting the rights of the Qatari government’s independent policy, in Qatar and beyond’, said the .Qatari diplomat which preferred anonymity.
Additionally a diplomat source has told BMCSR that the ongoing disagreement between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar will not be addressed at the Arab League meeting.
A senior Gulf diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no plan so far for Kuwaiti mediation in the disagreement between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one side, and Qatar on the other, which has led to the withdrawal of the three countries’ ambassadors from Doha on March 5.
In recent statements to the press, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud bin Faisal, clearly denied any US mediation in the crisis in tandem with the US president Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to the region later this month.