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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