Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on December 4 expressed hope about reaching an agreement in ending the decades-long Saudi-led Qatar’s boycott by the four Arab nations, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. His remarks were followed by Kuwait hinting that it held ‘significant’ dialogues to resolve the Gulf crisis. During Italy’s annual Mediterranean dialogues, Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the kingdom’s foreign minister, said: ‘We’ve made significant progress in the last few days.’ 

Meanwhile, in a televised statement read by Al-Sabah on Kuwait TV, Kuwaiti’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah stated, “Fruitful discussion” was held as disputing sides expressed keenness in resolving long-existing territorial issues. He further thanked White House senior adviser Jared Kushner for his “recent efforts” for brokering peace negotiations between blockading nations during his Qatar and Saudi Arabia visit.

The Qataris Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani extended gratitude to the Kuwaiti administration for mediation in the GCC crisis. Earlier this year, Qatar negotiated with Saudi Arabia fulfilling at least thirteen demands from the Kingdom and other Gulf nations that have imposed the trade, land and sea embargo on Qatar in a diplomatic rift, and shut airspace to state-run Qatar Airways.