US envoys arrive in Kuwait for Gulf crisis talks

Two US envoys have arrived in the Gulf to begin a five-day tour aimed at ending the now two-month long Saudi-led Qatar blockade.

Two US envoys have arrived in Kuwait at the start of a tour of the Gulf aimed at resolving a diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Arab countries.

The official Kuwait News Agency reported late on Monday that retired US Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Timothy Lenderking met with Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah and reiterated Washington’s support for Kuwait’s efforts to mediate the crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar in early June, alleging it supports extremists.

The four nations have closed their land and sea borders to Qatar and imposed economic and air traffic restrictions.

Doha has categorically denied the claims but has agreed to Kuwait acting as a mediator and has come to an agreement with Washington to further fight terror financing.

The State Department says the envoys will also meet with leaders in all five countries over the coming days.

Meanwhile on Monday Kuwait’s emir sent envoys with messages for the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt