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Kuwait tries to ease Riyadh-Doha tensions
November 25, 2013, 9:23 am
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‘Saudi Arabia is very irritated by the policy of Qatar in Egypt’

Kuwait is trying to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar after the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Doha-backed Islamist president Mohammad Mursi, which was welcomed in Riyadh, a diplomatic source said on Sunday.

While Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both suspicious of Iran’s regional ambitions and support Syria’s rebels, they were bitterly split over Egypt.

Saudi Arabia hailed the military’s ouster in July of Mursi and promised billions in aid, while Qatar, which had strongly supported his year-long rule, has seen its influence in Cairo evaporate.

On Saturday, during a tripartite meeting in Riyadh, the emir of Kuwait, Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, tried to ease tensions between Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and Qatar’s emir, Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

“Saudi Arabia is very irritated by the policy of Qatar in Egypt,” the source said, and wants other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to “condemn the actions of Qatar” in Egypt, where it has supported Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Riyadh hailed the overthrow of Mursi — Egypt’s first freely elected president — and pledged billions of dollars in aid to the new military-installed authorities.

The GCC consists of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman.

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