Lavrov: Gulf States’ cooperation is the most appropriate solution to Qatar crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with Vatican Secretary of State in Moscow on August 22, 2017.

:: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that his country does not play the role of the mediator between Qatar and the four boycotting countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt), and that the solution of the crisis must be sought within the GCC.

He explained that the most appropriate way is to settle the crisis within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council, saying that Russia is not part of the mediation, as there is the Kuwaiti one.

Lavrov also stressed the need to find a resolution based on compromises acceptable to all.

He said that Russia affirmed its support for the mediation mission of the Emir of Kuwait, and is ready to contribute to these efforts if the parties demanded it.

Lavrov arrived in Doha from the United Arab Emirates where he met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi after having earlier held talks with officials of Kuwait, the Gulf state handling the mediation efforts between Doha and the boycotting countries.

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