UN chief lauds Kuwait for its 'leadership in humanitarian action'

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In Kuwait, Secretary-General António Guterres takes questions from reporters. Photo: UN/Stéphane Dujarric

The United Nations Secretary-General has praised Kuwait for its leadership in humanitarian action and mediation efforts regarding the current crisis in the Gulf.

António Guterres made the remarks during a press briefing on Sunday after meeting with the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

He also recalled that during his tenure as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Amir presided over three conferences to mobilize the international community to support the Syrian people.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Speaking to reporters, the Secretary-General said he had the opportunity to examine with the Amir of Kuwait the various conflicts in the region.

They discussed the Gulf Crisis, António Guterres noted, but also Yemen, Syria, the drama of the Palestinian people, Libya and Iraq.

He also expressed his deep appreciation for all of Kuwait's initiatives to help resolve these crises.

"But it’s not only the humanitarian leadership of Kuwait, it’s the wisdom, the dialogue, the promotion of understanding that Kuwait has shown in relation to all conflicts in the region. Kuwait has no agenda. The agenda of Kuwait is peace; is understanding. And in relation to the current crisis that occurred in the Gulf, the position of the UN is very simple. We are here to support the Kuwaiti mediation."

Asked about plans to begin negotiations in Kuwait on the crisis in Yemen, Mr Guterres said the UN was doing its best to create the conditions for the present stalemate to be overcome.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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