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Sudan appeals for calm between Qatar and Gulf

June 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

The decision by five Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar has been described by Sudan as a “sorrowful development”, the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported.

In a statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sudan appealed for restraint on all sides to protect the interests of the Arab nations.

The statement reads:

The Republic of Sudan calls for restraint on all sides and for the fostering of sincere efforts to overcome differences through accepted paths of wisdom and experience in order to protect the interests of Arab nations and peoples.

The foreign ministry said that Sudan was prepared to mediate and do everything possible to reconcile the parties to de-escalate the dispute and restore “calm”.

SUNA also reported the Sudanese president discussed the rift with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: “The Emir of Kuwait assured President Al-Bashir that he would leave for Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and would try to contain the crisis with the State of Qatar.”

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Sudan has strong relations with Qatar which brokered a mediation to end the Darfur conflict. Doha also backed Khartoum to overcome its financial crisis after the secession of South Sudan.