Qatari emir meeting Merkel in 1st trip overseas since crisis

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

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"As you know we have had a siege of more than 100 days against Qatar", Sheikh Tamim told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

The visit is the third trip, after Turkey and Germany, of the Qatari emir's first foreign tour since the crisis began.

This came after the meeting he held in Paris with Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani.

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

Talks between the two heads of state covered the current crisis opposing Qatar to its Gulf neighbors, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, plus Egypt.

"Germany is not a part of this conflict, but would like, in line with its values, to help get this conflict resolved in such a way that all can keep their face", Merkel said.

"We are all fighting terrorism to ensure security but we must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism", he said while observing that there may be differences with some Arab countries in identifying the roots of terrorism.

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.

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.

His Highness the Emir thanked Merkel for the efforts made by Germany and its role in resolving differences through dialogue as well as its support for the Kuwaiti initiative, which Qatar has been supporting from the beginning and will continue to support until a solution that satisfies all parties is reached.

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