Qatar’s emir: Siege countries do not want end to crisis


Qatar’s emir says neighbouring countries that have imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the Gulf state have no desire to end the crisis in the Gulf.

Speaking at a session of Qatar’s Consultative Assembly (the Shura Council) on Tuesday, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypthave shunned dialogue and do not want to resolve the situation.

“I am talking to you with all transparency. We mean what we say when we say we are ready for agreements through dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and shared commitments … but on the other hand, we know that the indications we receive say siege countries don’t want a solution,” Sheikh Tamim said.

The emir also said the blockading countries had underestimated the strength of Qatar’s people living under the blockade.

“These countries with this attitude have opened a new stage in the relations between Gulf nations. We have benefited from this experience; it brought out the best from these people, it contributed to shaping Qatar’s national identity and reinforced the national unity with the leadership,” he added.

Read full article on Aljazeera, November 14, 2017.


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