Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who is leading mediation efforts after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar two weeks ago, said he hoped the crisis could be solved through dialogue.
In a speech marking Ramadan, Sheikh Sabah said he hoped the remaining days of the Muslim holy month would create "the atmosphere for resolving unfortunate differences and ending the rift through dialogue and communication" in the Gulf.
Sheikh Sabah, a long-serving diplomat, said Gulf countries had "one destiny" because of their historical ties and cross-border family relations. These common interests gave Gulf states a duty to remain united, he said in the televised speech.
He also said the region and the rest of the world faced the "growing phenomenon of terrorism" and said Kuwait stood in solidarity with the international community to combat it and help eliminate its origins, without specifying.
(Reporting by Sylvia Westall in Dubai and Ali Abdelaty in Cairo; Editing by Susan Fenton) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; Dubai Newsroom +971 56 216 6204; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))
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