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Sudan calls to ease tensions between Qatar and Gulf countries

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) receives Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani upon his arrival in Riyadh to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 5, 2015. (AFP Photo)
June 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has called for easing tensions between several Gulf and Arab countries and Qatar, while President Omer al-Bashir backed Kuwaiti efforts to mediate a negotiated settlement to overcome the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Libya’s eastern-based government severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed land, sea and air links with Doha.

Qatar is accused of supporting Islamist groups particularly the Muslim Brotherhood which are considered by several countries as a dangerous political enemy if not terrorist groups.

The Gulf News on its editorial of 25 May said the "Emir of Qatar, Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, during a military ceremony on Tuesday (23 May), in which he appeared to defy not only the official GCC policies on most critical issues, particularly Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah".

Also, the Saudi news agency SPA has said on Monday that "(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly".

"Sudan calls for refraining from escalation and to overcome differences with wisdom, and keenness to the interests of the countries and peoples of the Arab nation," said a written statement released by the foreign ministry in Khartoum.

The foreign ministry further expressed Sudan readiness to exert efforts with the other brother countries to stop escalation and to reconcile between Qatar and the other six Arab countries.

On Monday night, the official news agency SUNA reported that al-Bashir 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 the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and would try to contain the crisis with the State of Qatar and try to arrange the Arab House to ward off the dangers surrounding the Arab and Islamic world," said the agency.

Al-Sabah on Monday urged Qatar’s Tamim in a phone call to refrain from escalating tensions with the other Gulf states and to give efforts at mediation a chance to contain differences.

The Kuwait’s emir "expressed his wish" that Qatari ruler "work on easing tensions and refrain from taking any decision that might cause escalation", said KUNA the official Kuwait state news agency.

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

Since Last year Khartoum, also, participates in the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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  • 6 June 04:33, by Akol Liai Mager

    Egypt must act swiftly to topple Qataris supported NIF Regime in its Southern Border or the two (Qatar and NIF) regimes will eat Egypt for lunch before it thinks of eating them for dinner.

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  • 6 June 04:44, by Kuch

    Here we go! This is what we have been telling our detractors all along. That the gulf Arab states, the US, the UK, North Sudan, Israel, Turkey, ISIS/L, Al Qada, Al Nustra, Boko Haram & to some little extent; our so-called SPLA-IO and host of other terror sponsoring countries still lurking around>>>

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    • 6 June 04:58, by Kuch

      The gulf Arab states, US, the UK, North Sudan, Israel & Turkey are the ones that have been terrorizing other people’s & their countries. The Gulf Arab states & Israel do the creepy & behind the scenes terrorism. And US, the UK, France armies & sometimes----their UN do the bombings of other counrtries>>>

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      • 6 June 05:18, by Kuch

        The reason as to why Barack Hussein Obama & his then load of evils in his then US department would want to normalize their relation with our so-called cloned North Sudan. Is because, North Sudan is closer to their terrorism *warehouse*; gulf Arab states & Africa. The evil corporate America, the UK & France even took out Libya:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUCwCgthp_E

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        • 6 June 05:26, by Kuch

          in 2011, was of oil and nothing else. We have been informing some of our Nuer cousins & some Equatorians that the current war being slyly fought in our country through the intrigues of UN, UNIMISS, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & the so-called human rights are just *veneers and covers* Our resources, our Nile & to control us are the reasons>>>

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          • 6 June 05:32, by Kuch

            the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their evils in between have been fighting us. We have informed some of our Nuers cousins & some Equatorians, to shelf their usual aimless war against the South Sudanese people----we are going to bomb our enemies out of our country once and all.

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            • 6 June 05:39, by Kuch

              The US, the UK, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs want to colonize our country on the disguise of their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping & human rights’ bullshits. Because, they have found the fools like their Riek Machar, they thought they would use as their puppet/stooge & some of his lowly Nuers & Equatorians>>>

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              • 6 June 05:45, by Kuch

                as their pawns/proxies to Geo-politically toy around with our country & our people like in Libya, central Africa republic (CAR), Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine et al>>>

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                • 6 June 05:52, by Kuch

                  But we are here. The SPLM/A is here. We would never ever allow the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus, their criminals in between to destroy our country & our people like CAR, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine & their other countries through their usual dirty intrigues>>>

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