Qatar ready for talks to end Gulf crisis: Emir

by Abel Hampton September 18, 2017, 0:09
Qatar ready for talks to end Gulf crisis: Emir

Qatar is ready to engage in dialogue to resolve the Gulf crisis, His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said in Berlin on Friday, where he was on a working visit.

Germany has been supporting diplomatic efforts to try and defuse the crisis.

"We view with concern the fact that 100 days since the start of the conflict no solutions can yet be seen", Merkel told the joint press conference.

In its turn, Qatar denies it and says that the crisis is politically motivated.

"We are all fighting terrorism to ensure security but we must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism", he said while observing that there may be differences with some Arab countries in identifying the roots of terrorism.

Emmanuel Macron also had a conversation with Emir, the President left the Elysée Palace without speaking to the press.

Turkey has shown solidarity with Doha by delivering food and other supplies and boosting military ties, including sending troops to a Turkish base there.

Qatar has rejected the demands as violations of its sovereignty.

As for the Syrian crisis, which represents a great danger to the region and the world, His Highness the Emir pointed out that there must be a political solution acceptable to all parties in Syria.

The conference was organized by Khalid al-Hail.

In its annual Country Report on Terrorism 2016, the US State Department has praised the "full partnership" between the US and Qatar in the fight against terrorism, highlighting the public role of Doha in the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS. Qatar Investment Authority alone has plans to invest $45bn in the United States and about half of it has already been invested, according to the Authority chief Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani.

In Germany, His Highness the Emir and Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed issues including the Gulf crisis, which the German leader said should be solved through dialogue and reiterated her support to the mediation efforts led by Kuwait. "And I don't believe the current regime in Qatar is acting for the good of my people".

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