The Saudi-led bloc of four Arab countries which recently severed ties with Qatar have
denied statements by the Kuwaiti emir about signs of progress in his mediation efforts
to help resolve the diplomatic crisis with Doha.
In a statement released today, the Saudi-led bloc expressed “regret” over the remarks
by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah “on the success of mediation in stopping
military intervention.” In a Thursday press conference with US President Donald Trump
in Washington, the Kuwaiti emir gave an optimistic assessment of his mediation efforts
between Qatar and the four Arab states.
The bloc has however challenged the Kuwaiti emir’s remarks about Doha’s willingness to
accept their 13 demands, saying, dialogue on the implementation of the demands
should not be preceded by any conditions.” The four Arab countries, however, ruled out
the possibility of a war against Qatar, saying that the military option has not been and
will not be considered in any case.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut their diplomatic ties with
Qatar on June fifth, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region.
Qatar denies these accusations.