Sheikh Tamim: Qatar ready to talk to end Gulf crisis

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"The panel discussion hosted by CIRS gives the audience an opportunity to hear the analysis of three renowned experts on the causes and consequences of the crisis, what prompted Saudi Arabia and the UAE to launch the comprehensive blockade of Qatar, and what measures Qatar has taken in response politically, economically, and diplomatically".

Stock markets in the Gulf may have a firm tone on Sunday, taking their cue from strong crude oil prices and upbeat global bourses, while Qatar's index may recover slightly after the emir said he was ready for talks to end the Gulf crisis.

"We view with concern the fact that 100 days since the start of the conflict no solutions can yet be seen", Merkel told the joint press conference.

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

Emmanuel Macron also had a conversation with Emir, the President left the Elysée Palace without speaking to the press.

Turkey has shown solidarity with Doha by delivering food and other supplies and boosting military ties, including sending troops to a Turkish base there.

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Through Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the crisis, the four Arab states handed over an ultimatum containing 13 demands to Doha, but the country has refused to comply with them.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar's firm stance rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of motives and reasons.

The report added that the boycott decision, and its effects, do not violate the rules of worldwide human rights and do not violate the four countries' contractual obligations, but rather is a by-product of the political crisis between the governments of these countries and the Qatari government, through which these countries are exercising their sovereign right over their land and air, in order to preserve the security and stability of their citizens and residents from any crises or events that may worsen in light of the existing political crisis, or adversely affect their rights and freedoms which are protected under various global instruments.

The conference was organized by Khalid al-Hail.

The Arab states accuse Qatar of backing "terrorism", an allegation Qatar denies.

"We have a crisis, the government of Qatar has to admit it", al-Hail said.

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