Emir urges dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis
October 19 2017 01:20 AM
Indonesian President Joko Widodo presents a memento to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.


His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday called for dialogue to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Gulf.
In June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed  ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting Islamist groups and developing  ties with Iran. Doha has denied all the charges.
“Qatar is ready to hold a dialogue to resolve the issue,” the Emir told reporters after talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Bogor, south of Jakarta. The Emir said no one benefited from the stand-off.
“Qatar is always ready for dialogue to resolve these issues because there is no winner, we are all brothers and we are all losers due to this crisis, and therefore Qatar is open to dialogue in accordance with agreements binding on all parties to respect the sovereignty of states”.
Sheikh Tamim said he discussed the issue with President Widodo. 
Meanwhile, Qatar’s foreign minister has said the fight against the Islamic State group has suffered because of the Gulf crisis.
The closure of Qatar’s only land border and the airspace ban on Qatari planes “undermines the global efforts in countering” IS in Iraq and Syria, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said in an interview with CNBC.
Saudi and other Arab nations have made a list of 13 wide-ranging demands of Qatar, including closing down the Al Jazeera television network and curbing ties with Iran.

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