The German Foreign Ministry said today that the Gulf crisis should be resolved within a Gulf and Arab framework, adding that the imminent visit of US President Donald Trump’s advisor Jared Kushner to the Gulf region is welcome, weeks before the end of Trump’s term.
A spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry stressed – in a press conference – the need to settle the Gulf dispute, “which has been burdening the region for nearly two years within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and good cooperation between all Arab countries.” The ministry’s spokeswoman added that resuming talks to resolve the crisis is a good thing. In general, Berlin will follow Kushner’s visit to the region, the type of talks he will hold, and assess the outcomes of his initiative.
Berlin’s position came as a response to news of the imminent visit of Jared Kushner to Saudi Arabia and Qatar in a final attempt to heal the Gulf rift before President Trump’s term ends on January 20.
Late Sunday evening, Reuters quoted a senior US administration official as saying that Kushner will meet within the next few days the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, and with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha.
• Qatar has so far shown little enthusiasm for reconciliation with Saudi Arabia.
Instead, it has deepened its cooperation with Turkey even more than before.
• In light of the relentless efforts of the Trump administration to achieve any diplomatic gain before his departure.
• The real challenge for him is to maintain
Those fragile gains he made in the Gulf. pic.twitter.com/1T2ukviLcS
– Ahmad_Alyehri (@Ahmad_Alyehri) November 30, 2020
According to the same source, the US President’s advisor and son-in-law will be accompanied by US Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, and Adam Buehler, head of the US Foundation for International Development Finance.
In the context, the American news site Axios reported that Kushner’s visit comes as a last attempt to resolve the Gulf crisis that erupted more than 3 years ago, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced that they severed their relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on it.
In turn, the Wall Street Journal quoted US and Gulf officials as saying that the main focus of the talks will be on resolving the dispute over the flight of Qatar Airways planes over Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The newspaper also mentioned that the four blockading countries have secretly relaxed their 13 demands, noting that Saudi Arabia has shown greater willingness to find common ground to solve the crisis.
About two weeks ago, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani confirmed that his country welcomes the dialogue based on respect for sovereignty, considering that there is no winner from the Gulf crisis, while US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in simultaneous statements that the Trump administration Want to resolve the crisis before it likely leaves the White House.
In June 2017, the four countries announced cutting off their relations with Qatar and imposing a blockade on it under the pretext of its support for terrorism and its relations with Iran.