Qatari FM arrives in Kuwait
By Faisal Yasser, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
KUWAIT CITY – Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Atiyah arrived in Kuwait Tuesday to lead his country's delegation to a joint cooperation committee meeting.
Al-Atiyah was welcomed at the airport by his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah.
The visit is the first by a top Qatari official since Doha signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to end their diplomatic standoff.
Last week, the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreed to press ahead with implementing an agreement they signed last November, which obliges its signatories not to intervene in the affairs of other member states.
After a meeting at a Saudi airbase, the foreign ministers agreed to stay away from backing organizations or individuals that threaten the security and stability of GCC member states as well as refrain from supporting what they called "hostile" media, a joint statement said following the meeting.
The three countries had earlier recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, accusing Doha of interfering in their own affairs and providing support for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails.
Local media said that the deal commits Doha to change its position on the Egyptian crisis.
Relations between Cairo and Doha have soured dramatically since the army ousted Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – on the back of demonstrations last year against his presidency.
Following Morsi's ouster and subsequent imprisonment, a number of his supporters fled to Qatar amid a heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy protests by Egypt's army-backed interim authorities.
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