Relations between Kuwait and the UAE in decline
Identical diplomatic sources revealed a severe cooling in the UAE and Kuwait relations and a sharp decline in communication channels between the two countries.
The sources told Emirates Leaks that Kuwait views with resentment the UAE’s failure to adhere to the foundations of resolving the Gulf crisis and obstructing serious steps to support it.
The sources pointed out that Kuwait had protested several times secretly to Abu Dhabi against its incitement to Bahrain to escalate the media against Qatar to sabotage the reconciliation efforts.
They added that Kuwait is also dissatisfied with the UAE’s continued negative interference in the country’s internal affairs and the attempt to form currents affiliated with Abu Dhabi.
The apathy in Kuwait and the UAE’s relations was reflected in an unprecedented decline in diplomatic communication channels between them.
On January 27, the UAE announced the appointment of Matar Hamid Al-Niyadi as its ambassador to Kuwait.
The move came more than seven months after the UAE ambassador’s position to Kuwait became vacant after the expulsion of the former Abu Dhabi ambassador, Saqr Al-Raisi, highlighting the silent crisis between the two countries.
Al-Raisi was expelled from the Kuwaiti authorities for his suspicious behaviour.
The incident was followed by the intensification of the Emirati regime’s media tools, incitement against Kuwait and its leadership, and any attempt to destabilize and destabilize internal discord.
At the end of last May, informed sources revealed to Emirates Leaks that the recent announcement of the end of the UAE ambassador’s work to Kuwait, Saqr Al-Raisi, came at the Kuwaiti authorities’ request against the background of his suspicious behaviour in the country.
The sources confirmed that Kuwait asked Al-Raisi to leave the country within two weeks, after discovering his involvement in paying sums of money to some Kuwaiti politicians and media professionals to mobilize them in the Gulf crisis framework and support Abu Dhabi’s political positions.
According to the sources, a silent crisis was caused by Al-Raisi’s behaviour after being exposed by the Kuwaiti authorities, who asked their Emirati counterpart to withdraw their ambassador, which was what Abu Dhabi responded to under the pressure of his plots being exposed.
In light of Abu Dhabi’s response, the Kuwaiti authorities preferred to conceal the Emirati ambassador’s involvement and keep the case away from the official media while blaming the UAE government for not repeating its new behaviour ambassador.
Al-Raisi, 55 years, started his work as an ambassador of the UAE to Kuwait at the beginning of 2019, meaning that he spent only a year and a half in his position, which is a short and limited period not recognized in the work of ambassadors, especially in the Gulf countries.
During his tenure in Kuwait, Al-Raisi was known to seek to expand the influence of the UAE in the country through an attempt to mobilize politicians and media professionals and push them to incite their positions, especially concerning the Gulf crisis, which he failed in until his matter was exposed to the political and media circles in the country.
About a year ago, Emirates Leaks revealed that Kuwait’s stance against the blockading countries and the Gulf crisis prompted the rulers of the Emirates to start a new scheme to destabilize the security and stability of Kuwait through the gateway to controlling the media in Kuwait to distort the state’s image according to what Abu Dhabi did in Egypt during the era of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as its experience in Libya.
Observers point out that the UAE is seeking to destabilize Kuwait because of its neutral stance on the Gulf crisis and the ruling family’s failure to respond to Saudi and Emirati demands to be aligned with them in the Gulf crisis.