August 14, 2017 | Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly
US, Kuwait continue mediation over Qatar crisis but resolution to dispute is remote
Washington- A month after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson failed to help resolve the Qatar dispute, the United States is trying a new round of shuttle diplomacy to end the bitter row between a Saudi-led Arab bloc and Qatar. Although Kuwait’s mediation efforts have shown signs of progress, Doha’s rivals seem determined not to lift the sanctions imposed on the tiny state before Qatar addresses their demands.
Timothy Lenderking, US deputy assistant secretary of state for Gulf affairs, and retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni began their mission August 7 with talks in Kuwait. They met with the Qatari leadership in Doha on August 9 before travelling to the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the bloc opposing Qatar.
The Turkish military move seems motivated in part by ideology. “Erdogan sees Doha as a key Muslim Brotherhood ally and is ready to commit the Turkish state’s military and diplomatic resources to avoid losing one of its last remaining partners in the Middle East,” said Aykan Erdemir, a former Turkish lawmaker who works for the Washington think-tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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