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Sheikh Tamim: Qatar ready to talk to end Gulf crisis

17 September 2017

The President's office said that Macron is calling for the embargo measures affecting the people of Qatar, in particular families and students, to be lifted as quickly as possible.

For Qatar's ruling emir, it is the first trip overseas since a diplomatic crisis erupted in June, sheikh paid a visit to Turkey prior to land in Berlin and Paris this week.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by phone with Sheikh Tamim a week ago in what looked like a breakthrough.

"The President of the Republic has reaffirmed the will of France, which has relations of friendship and trust with all the countries involved in this crisis, to play an active role in support of Kuwaiti mediation, to ensure that a swift solution to this situation is found", said the French Presidential Palace in a statement made public after the meeting.

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

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

"Germany does not stand by one side in this crisis, but would like to contribute to a solution based on German values and it sees the need that all parties sit at the dialogue table", she stressed.

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

"We are fighting terrorism, but we must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism". She expressed appreciation for the United States efforts to reach a solution in this crisis.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged the lifting of an embargo on Qatar in effect since June, after meeting Sheikh Tamim.

Sheikh Tamim: Qatar ready to talk to end Gulf crisis