Retired US general Anthony Zinni and deputy assistant secretary of state for Arabian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking arrived in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning as part of a tour of the region to break the stalemate in the Gulf dispute.
The US ambassador to Kuwait, Lawrence Silverman, said Washington’s deployment of negotiators reflected its concern.
“We want to see an end to this dispute as quickly as possible, for the sake of the region,” Mr Silverman said.
Mr Zinni, a widely respected and well-connected figure in the region, joined the American diplomatic team this month.
The team’s job is to “maintain a constant pressure on the ground,” US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said when announcing Mr Zinni’s appointment on August 3.