After a year of playing mediator, Kuwait’s latest attempt to resolve the Qatar crisis has failed, diplomatic sources told Kuwait’s Al-Rai newspaper.
Earlier this week, the emir of Kuwait sent five letters to five Gulf leaders in a new push for a resolution to the crisis – but the letters have done little to push mediation efforts forward.
In the letters, the paper reported, he suggested that a “common vision” was needed “to join forces to confront the challenges and… to agree and put all the contentious issues within the framework of openness and transparency, as well as developing answers with guarantees for implementation”. Kuwait, according to one of the sources, aims to “reach an initiative that comes from the Gulf states and not from the United States or any other friendly Western countries”.
“When the solution comes from inside its cost will be less, no matter how many concessions had to happen between brothers,” one of the sources told Al-Rai.
“External solutions on the other side may impose obligations on security and economic alliances, which may expose our countries and communities to material burdens, in addition to political commitments, which may not necessarily be consistent with the approaches of the Gulf states,” the source added.
The situation in the Gulf region “is not normal at all and the expected risks are high,” according to the Kuwaiti newspaper.