Sheikh Tamim: Qatar ready to talk to end Gulf crisis


English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a meeting with the emir of Qatar Friday that Doha's crisis with Gulf neighbours will only be resolved through quiet diplomacy.

Merkel, addressing reporters during a press conference alongside Sheikh Tamim said she hoped dialogue could lead to "fair compromises".

The public event aims to explore the impact of the blockade of Qatar by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, which began on June 5.

Qatar's ruling emir met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday on his first trip overseas since a diplomatic crisis erupted between the tiny Gulf nation and its neighbors, and the German leader voiced "great concern" that no end to the conflict is in sight.

Germany has been supporting diplomatic efforts to try and defuse the crisis.

Despite all these efforts of the worldwide diplomacy, Mrs Merkel voiced "great concern" that no end to the conflict is in sight.

The German Chancellor noted the Emir's willingness to do everything in his power to resolve the Gulf crisis and confirmed Berlin's communication with all parties involved.

He also said that fighting terrorism "is a big priority for us and we have to concentrate on the roots of terrorism". A French frigate "Jean Bart" arrived at Qatar on Wednesday to take part in the joint military exercises of Qatar and France, as a part of the framework of the joint military cooperation between the two countries to combat terrorism and extremism.

"The four Arab nations are open to dialogue with Qatar when it sticks to implementing the 13 demands", Shoukry added.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Arab states to lift an embargo on Qatar, which harms the Qatari citizens, as soon as possible, the Elysee Palace said Friday in a press release.