Qatar claims it is ready for talks to end cri­sis


BER­LIN: Qatar claimed on Fri­day it is ready to sit at the ne­go­ti­at­ing table to try to end a dis­pute with its Gulf Arab neigh­bors.

“As you know we have had a siege of more than 100 days against Qatar,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani was quoted as say­ing by Reuters on Fri­day at a joint news con­fer­ence with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in Ber­lin. “We spoke about Qatar’s readi­ness to sit at the table to solve this is­sue.”

The Anti-Ter­ror Quar­tet (ATQ), com­pris­ing Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, cut diplo­matic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, ac­cus­ing the ma­jor ga­s­ex­port­ing Gulf state of fi­nanc­ing ter­ror­ism and cozy­ing up to their arch-ri­val Iran. Doha de­nies the charges.

Pre­vi­ous at­tempts for ne­go­ti­a­tions have been thwarted by Doha’s in­sis­tence on pre­con­di­tions prior to di­a­logue.

The ATQ has re­peat­edly wel­comed the idea of sit­ting down for talks without any pre­con­di­tions. Qatar never in­di­cated any clear signs of do­ing so.

Merkel said she was con­cerned that there was still no so­lu­tion to the cri­sis, adding that she sup­ported ef­forts by Kuwait and the US to me­di­ate an end to the dis­pute.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani ad­dress a joint press con­fer­ence af­ter talks at the Chan­cellery, in Ber­lin on Fri­day. (AFP)

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