Kuwait emir in talks with Saudis, Qataris amid crisis

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait emir on Monday received a top Saudi envoy and phoned Qatar´s ruler in an apparent mediation effort after the kingdom and several Gulf states severed ties with Doha.

The state-run KUNA news agency said Prince Khaled al-Faisal, an adviser to Saudi King Salman and the governor of Mecca, delivered a verbal message to Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah dealing with “bilateral relations… and the latest regional and international developments.”

It provided no details on the content of the message which comes on a day when Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain, along with Egypt, cut diplomatic ties with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Qatar.

Sheikh Sabah later called Qatar´s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and “urged him for restraint and not to take any measure that could escalate” the situation.

The Kuwaiti ruler also phoned Sheikh Tamim to give “an opportunity to efforts aimed at containing tensions in the relations between brothers.”

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