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Qatar ready to ‘sit at table’ to resolve Persian Gulf dispute

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Ale Thani says Doha is ready to negotiate with the emirate’s fellow Arab states to find a solution to the diplomatic row in the Persian Gulf region.

According to Press TV, Ale Thani said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday “As you know we have had a siege of more than 100 days against Qatar,” adding “We spoke about Qatar’s readiness to sit at the table to solve this issue.”

The widening rift in the region occurred on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, officially accusing Doha of supporting “terrorism” and destabilizing the Middle East. Qatar says the allegation is unjustified and stems from false claims and assumptions.

To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of the peninsular country’s food supply crossed.

Merkel recommends ‘talking calmly’ to resolve dispute

The German chancellor said Berlin was concerned that there was still no solution to the crisis. She said the dispute would only be resolved through diplomacy.

“We view with concern the fact that 100 days since the start of the conflict no solutions can yet be seen,” the chancellor said. “And we spoke about the need for all the parties to sit at one table again as soon as possible.”

Sheikh Tamim also vowed to continue “supporting the Kuwait mediation until we reach a solution that satisfies all parties.”

Merkel said Germany supported mediation efforts by Kuwait and the United States but she emphasized that such efforts needed to be made away from the media to reach a compromise where all sides could “save face.”

“We won’t solve this conflict in the open with everyone in the world voicing their opinion,” she said, urging talks “that are not reported in the newspaper everyday.”

Following his meeting with Merkel, the Qatari emir arrived in France, where he held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a statement released by Macron’s office after the discussions, he called for the lifting of “the embargo measures affecting the people of Qatar, in particular families and students… as quickly as possible.”

The Saudi-led quartet of countries imposed the blockade on Qatar in June.

Macron “expressed his concern over the tensions that threaten regional stability, undermining the political resolution of crises and our collective fight against terrorism,” the statement added.

The Qatari emir is on his first overseas trip since the crisis erupted. Before Berlin and Paris, he paid a visit to Turkey on Thursday.

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