TEHRAN (defapress) - Qatar's emir called on Friday for dialogue to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national sovereignty, but the call was unlikely to end the rift.
News ID: 65346
Publish Date: 22July 2017 - 12:06
In his first speech since four Arab countries severed ties
with Doha, a defiant Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said life was continuing
as normal despite what he described as an unjust "siege".
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt
cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of financing
extremist groups and supporting terrorism, which the emir denied, Reuters
"Qatar is fighting terrorism relentlessly and without
compromise, and the international community recognizes this," Sheikh Tamim
said in the televised speech.
He spoke hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
said the United States was satisfied with Qatar's efforts to implement an
agreement aimed at combating terror financing, and urged the four states to
lift their "land blockade".
It also comes days before Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan,
who had supported Qatar in the crisis, was due to visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait to try to resolve the rift.