10 Sep 2017 - 18:05
Russia urges dialogue to solve Gulf crisis
By Stephen Kalin / Reuters
JEDDAH: The blockading countries and Qatar should enter into direct talks to solve a diplomatic dispute, Russia's foreign minister said on a trip to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, urging all parties to restore regional unity.
"We have confirmed our position (that we are) in favour of settling the disagreements by means of negotiations, by directly expressing concerns and achieving solutions which would take into account the concerns and the interests of all parties," the minister, Sergei Lavrov, told a news conference in Jeddah.
"We are interested in all those mediatory efforts that are currently being made producing results and the unity of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) being restored," he added.
Kuwait and the United States have been mediating to reach a breakthrough in the three-month long crisis.