Kuwait has recently sentenced writer Fouad al-Hashem to seven years in prison after he violated the Electronic Media Act, by posting on Twitter insults aimed the Emir of Qatar, his mother and father.
Further proof that Kuwait is not a mere bystander of the ongoing row pitting Qatar against former Gulf allies, namely Saudi, UAE and Bahrain.
Kuwait has and continues to promote itself a mediator in the conflict.
Kuwait has stayed neutral, playing a reconciliatory position, especially at the 38th GCC summit in Kuwait last December, despite the meeting falling apart before dawn of the scheduled second day was ever reached.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kuwait, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has recently urged the GCC to reach a settlement over the current row, following over a 7 month long dispute that alleges Qatar funded terrorism, which the country denies.
Calls to bury the hatchet
“The deteriorating circumstances in the Gulf represent a challenge to all of us”,” said Emir Al Sabah, addressing a meeting of senior GCC legislators last Monday, warning of greater regional instability if the dispute between Doha and the other Arab countries is not settled.
“We all understand the problems facing our GCC, and these problems require more meetings and consultations on all levels,” he said. “We will never be able to face these challenges individually.”
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While unsuccessful to this date in achieving progress, Emir Sabah hinted towards a resolution, without offering details as to how.
“What we have in common is we will never be affected by a dispute. We see it as temporary, however long it takes,” he said.
The seven-month-long blockade imposed on Qataris being discussed at a two-day Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Kuwait.
In his address, the emir of Kuwait urged nations to settle their differences. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Kuwait City.
Daily Gulf Times reported that Tuesday’s Kuwaiti National Assembly saw Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq bin Ali al-Ghanim expressing optimism about Gulf re-cohesion and said the promises of the reunion began before the end of the year when the Gulf summit and the Gulf Cup were held.
“..and now with the 11th meeting of Chairpersons and Speakers of Shura, Representative Councils and National Assemblies of the GCC, which are all optimistic steps.”
The following Emir Sabah’s words to attendees of the 11th meeting could be key to future GCC relations:
“Your role as representatives of the citizens of the GCC states is vital, constructive and complementary to the role of the official bodies in our countries. You are the legislative body in our countries, which helps to map out the way ahead for development, construction and communication under these delicate circumstances that demand full awareness of their dimensions and risks. Our people look forward with great hope to such meetings to fulfill their aspirations for stability, prosperity and development. What brings us together is far too important to be impacted negatively by a difference no matter how long it lasts”.