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Kuwait rejects Israeli initiative “without even reviewing it”

KUWAIT: The Israeli initiative to sign a non-aggression agreement with GCC states that was recently proposed by Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz was passively received by GCC states, including Kuwait, which initially rejected receiving the initiative even through a third party, said high-ranking diplomatic sources. Notably, Katz had tweeted confirming the report, saying that the initiative is fully supported by the US, describing it as a “historic step towards putting an end to the conflict and paving the way for bilateral civil cooperation until peace treaties are signed”.

In his tweet, Katz said he discussed the “non-aggression” plan with Arab foreign ministers and US President Donald Trump’s outgoing envoy for the Middle East Jason Greenblatt during the recent UN General Assembly. Katz added he had already met a Gulf foreign minister he did not name to discuss the proposal. The sources confirmed Katz had separately met the foreign ministers of two Gulf states with whom Israel already has contacts offering the initiative, but both were cautious in view of the current circumstances.

The sources added that Katz sent the imitative to a third foreign minister via a third party and that he received negative responses on behalf of two other GCC states. “Kuwait refused receiving the initiative without even reviewing it,” the sources stressed. – Al-Jarida

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