Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thanihighly commented on Friday HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s mediation efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis. In a televised address, the Qatari emir said his country had supported Kuwait’s mediation efforts from the very beginning, hoping that such efforts would bear fruit.
“We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems,” so long as Qatar’s “sovereignty is respected,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties
with the gas-rich emirate. “Any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles,” he said. Sheikh Tamim insisted that any deal “must not take effect in the form of diktats but rather through mutual commitments undertaken by all the parties. We are open to dialogue to find solutions to lingering problems within the framework of respect for the sovereignty and will of each state as mutual undertakings and joint commitments binding
all,” he said.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their rival Iran. Doha denies the claim. In his speech, the emir said Qatar was “fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises, and the international community recognizes this”. Sheikh Tamim hailed the solidarity and resolve that Qataris have shown in the face of the crisis, and said it would make the tiny country, which will host football’s World Cup in 2022, even more resilient. “We are open to dialogue to iron out all the pending issues, not only for the benefit of our peoples and governments but also to spare our region the pointless efforts to dissipate our gains,” he said.
Qatari officials on Thursday linked the UAE to a cyber attack in May that sparked the crisis, saying it was coordinated with one of the members of the anti-Qatar quartet and that the UAE benefited the most from it. The attack involved what Qatar says were fabricated comments attributed to the emir posted on the official state news agency and affiliated social media accounts in which he supposedly called Iran an “Islamic power” and said Qatar’s relations with Israel are “good.” Qatar swiftly disavowed the comments but state-owned and semi-official media in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain continued to report the remarks for days.
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