Qatar ready for talks to end Gulf cri­sis

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

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.

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