Qatar ready for talks to end Gulf crisis
QATAR is ready to sit at the negotiating table to try to end a dispute with its Gulf Arab neighbors, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday in Berlin.
“As you know we have had a siege of more than 100 days against Qatar,” alThani told 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.”
Al-Thani was in Berlin on his first tour abroad since the start of the crisis, having visited Turkey the previous day and headed next to France and then the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
The Qatari sheikh’s visit to Turkey comes after Ankara has repeatedly tried to resolve the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Gulf countries as a mediator.
The inter-Arab diplomatic crisis began on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain collectively severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the region. Doha denies the allegations, describing the attempts to diplomatically isolate it as a violation of international law and its national sovereignty.
Kuwait has also played a central role in attempting to resolve the crisis, dispatching a number of high-level emissaries to relay messages between Qatar and the states aligned against it.
The Saudi-led bloc has presented Qatar with a list of 13 demands that it says Doha must satisfy in order for relations to return to normal.