UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lauded Kuwait’s mediation efforts to narrow differences among Gulf countries. “The Secretary-General welcomes the efforts and contributions of Kuwait in building bridges of understanding in the Gulf region and beyond,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said in a press statement on Friday.

He added that the UN chief is encouraged by the statement by the Foreign Minister of Kuwait and other reports that the Gulf rift is close to a resolution. Gutteres also expressed hope that all countries involved in the dispute will work together to formally resolve their differences.

He stressed the importance of Gulf unity for regional peace, security and development. Earlier on Friday, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah said in a televised speech that “fruitful” talks were held recently, in regards to achieving reconciliation and supporting Gulf and Arab solidarity and stability.

“Within the framework of reconciliation efforts, previously led by His Highness (the late Amir) Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and in continuation of the efforts currently being carried out by His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, and President Donald Trump of the friendly United States of America to resolve the crisis, fruitful discussions took place recently, in which all parties affirmed their keenness on Gulf and Arab solidarity and stability and to reach a final agreement that would achieve the aspirations of lasting solidarity between their countries and achieve what is good for their people,” he said.

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