“The Kuwaiti move is completely supported by the US which looks forward to a solution, even a partial one, to the issue of closing airspaces to the Qatari aircraft intensely used by the US army present in the region after the global air traffic has been halted due to the coronavirus outbreak,” the sources added.
On June 5 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt broke off diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar over its support for extremist groups.
The boycott has taken a toll on the tiny emirate’s economy. It has also cast a shadow over the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that comprises Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman.
Over the past three years, Kuwait has sought to end the rift without success so far. Kuwait has recently renewed its efforts and is seeking to stop hostile media campaigns that have recently flared up in connection with the row, Al Qabas reported.
The paper quoted the sources as saying that the US believes that Qatar’s switch to the Iranian airspace may pose a “miscalculated” danger to American soldiers. “Tehran also makes financial gains from the use of its airspace, a situation that runs counter to the US resolve to tighten an economic stranglehold on Iran,” the sources added.
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