Tillerson praises Kuwaiti mediation to resolve Gulf crisis

Rex Tillerson21/10/2017 (Gulf Times – Qatar): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the role which Kuwait played ‘to diplomatically seek a resolution’ for the ongoing Gulf crisis, while US President Donald Trump lauded His Highness the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his influential role in the Middle East region. In statements reported by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Saturday, Tillerson hailed the Kuwaiti mediation and its role in finding a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis. Tillerson also welcomed Kuwait’s recent commitments to several of ‘Trump’s regional priorities,’ he noted, as Kuwait ‘responded to Trump’s historic call for action’ during the Riyadh Summit to defeat the ISIS and prevent terrorism and violent extremism’. For his part, US President Donald Trump thanked HH the Emir of Kuwait ‘for all that he is doing in the region,’ saying ‘there is a lot of things happening in the Middle East’…




Finance Minister: Italian Firms Interested in All-Out Cooperation with Iran

Finance Minister: Italian Firms Interested in All-Out Cooperation with Iran14/10/2017 (Farsnews – Iran): Padoan made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Massoud Karbasian on the sidelines of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Washington on Friday. During the meeting, he also stressed the necessity for the expansion of financial cooperation between the two countries to develop mutual technical ties and cooperation. Karbasian, for his part, referred to the increased volume of exchanges between the two countries in the first half of 2017, and underscored the need for the further broadening of bilateral economic relations. In relevant remarks in June, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in a meeting in Rome discussed ways of broadening mutual cooperation…



Al-Sisi tells Palestinians peace opportunity not to be wasted

07/10/2017 (Daily News – Egypt): President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asserted once more Egypt’s support to the unity of the Palestinian people as the government of national unity convened in Gaza for the first time since 2014. Praising the Palestinian reconciliation that Egypt sponsored, the president said Tuesday that “history will hold accountable those who waste opportunities to achieve peace.” He added that there is a real chance to implement peace in the region and that there must be cooperation to ensure “Palestine’s seriousness towards it.” The message follows a previous urge to Palestinians to unite and co-exist with Israel, which the Egyptian president had conveyed during his speech before the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in New York in September…



Macron invites Iraq PM to Paris to discuss Kurdish vote

MACRON30/09/2017 (Gulf Times – Qatar): French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to visit Paris on Thursday, saying the aim is to calm tensions after the deeply divisive Kurdish independence referendum. In a statement, the presidency said France wanted to ‘help Iraq to stop tensions from setting in’ following the vote on Monday, which saw Iraqi Kurdistan overwhelmingly support secession. In a phone call on Wednesday, ‘Macron stressed the importance of preserving the unity and integrity of Iraq while recognising the rights of the Kurdish people. Any escalation must be avoided,’ the presidency said in the statement late Friday. ‘Faced with the priority of fighting Daesh and the stabilisation of Iraq, Iraqis must remain united,’ it added, referring to the Islamic State group. The office of Abadi, however, on Saturday denied that Macron’s invitation had any link to the crisis with Iraqi Kurdistan. ‘There is no relation between the invitation and the crisis caused by the unconstitutional referendum,’ it said…



Turkey’s key security meeting ends, statement says Iraqi Kurdish referendum illegitimate, unacceptable

23/09/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Turkey’s National Security Council Meeting (MGK) which convened under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ended late on Sept. 22, stressing that the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum slated for Sept. 25 was illegitimate and unacceptable. “The illegitimacy of the referendum announced by the KRG as on Sept. 25 and its unacceptance was once again specified. It was strongly stressed that this step which directly threatens Turkey’s national security was a grave mistake that threatens Iraq’s political unity and territorial integrity as well as peace, security and stability of the region,” the statement read issued after the meeting. It also added that Turkey reserved its rights originating from bilateral and international conventions. “Turkey reserves its rights originating from bilateral and international conventions if this referendum is held despite all of our warnings,” it stated…



Erdoğan, Kofi Annan discuss Rohingya Muslims over phone

Erdoğan, Kofi Annan discuss Rohingya Muslims over phone16/09/2017 (Sabah – turkey): President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone conversation Saturday with former U.N. Secretary-General and the head of Rakhine Advisory Commission, Kofi Annan over the recent developments regarding the ongoingRohingya crisis. According to presidential sources, Erdoğan and Annan discussed ways to resolve the crisis and end the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as well as a recent report by Annan’s commission calling for an end to the restrictions on movement and citizenship for the 1.2 million Rohingya minority in Rakhine. Erdoğan emphasized the need for urgent initiatives by the international community to stop the violence in Myanmar and deliver aid to the region.

Qatari Emir calls Saudi Crown Prince showing interest in talks

09/09/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani contacted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and expressed his desire for initiating talks. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a telephone call today from Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, reported Saudi News agency (SPA). The Emir of Qatar expressed his interest to discuss the demands of the four countries towards ensuring the best interest of all states involved. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed Sheikh Tamim’s will to sit and initiate talks towards a resolution to Qatar crisis….



Emir of Qatar wants to leave GCC

28/08/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Iran’s former ambassador to Qatar Abdullah Suhrabi has said that Qatar wants to leave the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In an interview to the Iranian newspaper Jaam-e Jam, he said: “The information we have received from Qatar indicates that the Prince (now Emir) wanted to withdraw from the GCC since the onset of the Syrian crisis, but he had deferred the move on the advice of his counsellors”. Suhrabi also claimed that Doha has been trying to restore relations with Iran for over eight years and that early last year it reluctantly followed Saudi Arabia’s cue in calling back its ambassador from Tehran. He pointed out that when Doha took over the presidency of the GCC in 2007, it had invited former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Gulf summit, despite opposition from other member states…



Yemen FM: UN envoy did not present anything new

11/08/2017 (Al Arabya News – UAE): The Yemeni Foreign Minister, Abdalmalek Al-Makhlafi, said that UN envoy Ismaeel Ould Al-Shaikh Ahmed had not presented any new developments in his meeting with President Abdellabu Mansour Hadi. He added in his comments to Al Arabiya that the UN envoy did not report any willingness from The Houthis to respond to any initiative. He accused, also, the Houthi militias of exploiting the suffering of Yemenis to divert attention from their abuses. Previously, UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed hinted at the possibility of holding talks between Yemen’s warring parties in Oman without giving a specific date…



Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to hold talks in Manama over Qatar row

Sameh Shoukry29/07/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is to fly to Bahrain on Saturday to take part in a two-day meeting discussing the ongoing Qatar row with his counterparts from the three other Arab states boycotting the small Gulf country, the foreign ministry said. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE severed diplomatic and transport links with Doha on 5 June, accusing the oil-rich state of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs, in the region’s worst diplomatic dispute in years. The quartet demand that Doha comply with six principles including commitment to combating terrorism and ending acts of incitement and interference in the internal affairs of other Arab countries. The demands were announced during a Cairo meeting earlier this month between the foreign ministries of the four Arab states…