Emir says Qatar ready to talk but "sovereignty must be respected"
21 Jul 2017 - 23:15
The Peninsuls / Agencies
DOHA: Qatar Emir said on Friday he was ready for dialogue but any solution to the Gulf crisis must respect Qatar's sovereignty.
H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani also said in a televised speech that he valued Kuwait's mediation and the support of other countries for the efforts, including the United States, Turkey and Germany.
Life normal despite siege
Emir said that life in the country was continuing as normal since four Arab states severed diplomatic and travel ties with it last month.
"As you know, life in Qatar life goes on normally," he said in the speech, his first since the June 5 rupturing of ties with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Emir said that it was time for negotiations to resolve differences between Doha and four Arab states which have severed diplomatic ties with it.
"The time has come for us to spare the people from the political differences between the governments," the Emir said.
He also criticised the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and expressed solidarity with Palestinian people.
"Qatar will develop our academic and media institutions in co-operation with our expats who stood by us"
Some key points from the speech
Life in Qatar has been normal since the blockade began
Desire of certain nations to suppress pluralism harms the war on terror
Qatar will develop our academic and media institutions in co-operation with our expats who stood by us
Ready for dialogue but any solution must respect Qatar sovereignty
Emir calls on Qataris to rise to occasion, instructs govt to remove obstacles to investments & development projects
It is time to resolve differences through negotiations
Qatar fighting terrorism not because it wants to please others but because it believes in that
Gulf Crisis damaged image of all GCC nations
Emir says have differences with some neighbours, but we are not trying to impose our views on others
The Smear campaign and unlawful campaign was premeditated