French FM calls for crisis de-escalation Jul 17, 2017 0 259 12345 AFPAbu DhabiFrench Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Sunday for a"de-escalation" in the row between Qatar and four Arab countries, as he held talks in the UAE and Kuwait, a mediator in the crisis."It would be preferable if the parties could engage in a process of de-escalation, one that is indispensable so that negotiations can take place in a constructive atmosphere," Le Drian said.Abu Dhabi was the last step in a tour of four Gulf nations that began on Saturday and also took Le Drian to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.Earlier on Sunday, the French foreign minister held talks in Kuwait City with senior officials in a bid to bolster Kuwait's attempts to mediate in the Gulf crisis.Le Drian met with Kuwait's Emir HH Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah, and Kuwait's foreign minister, state news agency KUNA said, for talks.The French foreign minister has supported Kuwait as a mediator in the crisis, which he said should be resolved"by the Gulf countries themselves"."France does not want to substitute the mediator," Le Drian said in Saudi Arabia on Saturday."It wants to be a facilitator by joining efforts of other countries."Le Drian's visit comes after a four-day mediation mission by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended on Thursday with no announcement of progress towards defusing mounting tensions in the Gulf. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Qatar takes giant step for achieving food security Jul 17, 2017 0 1482 Motorists can now go to Al Khor from Mesaieed directly Jul 17, 2017 0 731 No legal basis for blockade against Qatar: Expert Jul 17, 2017 0 214 Support for Qatar in Lebanon Beirut Dozens of people in Lebanon held a pause solidarity with Qatar in Beirut to condemn the blockade against Doha.The participants called for lifting of the siege against Qatar, highlighting its distinguished role .. Qatari, Omani bizmen discuss trade, investment Doha Qatari businessmen and their Omani counterparts discussed investment opportunities in the Qatari market and means of enhancing trade relations in Doha on Sunday. Qatar Chamber affirmed its readiness to provide .. Production of building materials to get a boost DOHA Ashghal projects will not be affected by the unjustified blockade imposed on Qatar by four Arab states as several business and government entities have decided to increase the production of building materials, .. Hamad Port aims to capture 30% of regional trade, says minister DOHA Work on the expansion of Hamad Port aimed at capturing 30 percent of the trade carried by sea in the region will continue, Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti said on Sunday. Hamad ..