Lavrov discusses ministerial meeting of Russia and Persian Gulf states in Kuwait
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported that he discussed with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah the organization of a ministerial meeting in the Russia - Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) format, Trend reports referring to TASS.
"We did not gather in this composition long enough. Today with discussed with the minister the viability of organizing this ministerial forum in the near future," Lavrov said on Wednesday at a joint press conference with Al Sabah.
The Russian foreign minister highlighted that he highly values Kuwait’s efforts and the efforts of some other countries that support the restoration of unity in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. "It is in the best interests of each of these countries. It is in the interests of the Council itself and in the interests of the Russian Federation," he noted.
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt stated the breaking of diplomatic relations with Qatar, blaming Doha for supporting terrorism and interfering with their domestic affairs. This was followed by economic sanctions and the transport blockade of the emirate: the regional countries, in particular, closed their airspace for the Qatar aviation. Later the "quartet" formed a list of demands which Doha considered to be unfulfillable and called for revisiting them. They include the reduction of the level of diplomatic relations with Iran, the closure of Al Jazeera and the end of military cooperation with Turkey.
On December 9, 2018, the 39th summit of the GCC (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia) was held in Riyadh. Qatar was represented by the Qatari minister of foreign affairs. The countries that boycott Doha denounced the decision made by Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani not to participate in the summit.