Qatar is ready for talks to resolve the diplomatic crisis with the Saudi-led bloc so long as the country's sovereignty is respected and any deal is binding on all, His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday.
In his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with Qatar, the Emir said: "We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems, so long as Qatar's sovereignty is respected."
In a televised speech, he said any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles-- respect for sovereignty and joint commitments binding on all ; any deal "must not take effect in the form of diktats but rather through mutual commitments undertaken by all the parties".
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with Iran. Doha denies the claim.
In his speech , the Emir said Qatar was "fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises, and the international community recognises this".
He said Qatar highly valued the mediation efforts undertaken by the Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. "This is an opportunity to express my thanks once again for what he did and continues to do."
Sheikh Tamim said Qatar also appreciated the American support for this mediation, as well as the constructive positions of Germany, France, Britain, Europe in general and Russia. "I would like to commend the important role that Turkey has played in the rapid adoption and direct implementation of our Strategic Cooperation Agreement that had been previously signed, and to thank it for its immediate response to meet the needs of the Qatari market. I also thank all those who opened their airspace and territorial waters when our brothers closed theirs.
"We are open to dialogue to find solutions to lingering problems, not only for the interest of our States and peoples, but also to spare the efforts that are being wasted in vain by countries moved by malicious scheming against their brothers in the international arena, so that these efforts may be invested in serving the causes of the Ummah.
"Any solution to the crisis must be based on two principles: first, the solution should be within the framework of respect for the sovereignty and will of each State. Secondly, it should not be in a form of orders by one party against another, but rather as mutual undertakings and joint commitments binding to all. We are ready for dialogue and for reaching settlements on all contentious issues in this context."
The Emir expressed his solidarity with the "brotherly Palestinian people, especially our people in Al Quds (Jerusalem), and denouncing the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first of the two Qiblas and the third of the two Holy Shrines, hoping that what is happening in Al Quds be an incentive for unity and solidarity instead of division."
The Emir thanked the country's residents for their solidarity, cohesion, determination, resolve and civilised behaviour and congratulated them on the spirit of nobility, love and amity prevailing in the land. "These are our assets, our provision and energy to counter the great challenges in the way ahead," he added.