By Agence France-Presse
Qatar’s ruler stated Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc as long as his nation’s sovereignty is revered.
“We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems,” as long as Qatar’s “sovereignty is respected,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani stated in his first public feedback 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 stated in a televised speech.
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 stated.
On June 5, Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt reduce ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their Shiite rival Iran. Doha denies the declare.
In his speech delivered on Friday evening, the emir stated Qatar was “fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises, and the international community recognises this”.
The crisis between the regional allies is the worst to hit the Gulf in a long time.
OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and its allies additionally imposed sanctions on Doha, together with closing its solely land border, refusing Qatar entry to their airspace and ordering their residents again from Qatar.
And on June 22, they went on to current the emirate with an inventory of 13 calls for with which to conform to resolve the crisis.
Kuwait has been attempting to mediate the crisis and a number of other prime Western diplomats have toured the area to attempt to defuse the row, together with US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson.
– UAE welcomes anti-terror transfer –
In an indication of progress, an Emirati state minister on Friday welcomed adjustments to Qatar’s anti-terror laws as a “positive” step.
Qatar introduced a emiri decree on Thursday establishing two nominal lists of people and terrorist entities, and the necessities for being included in them.
It additionally outlined terrorists, terrorist crimes, terrorist entities in addition to the financing of terrorism.
The decree follows the signing on July 11 of a US-Qatar settlement to fight terror funding throughout a go to to Doha by Tillerson.
However, the 4 Arab international locations at odds with Doha dismissed that deal as “insufficent”.
On Friday, the UAE state minister for overseas affairs welcomed the newest Qatari transfer.
“It is a positive step to deal seriously with the list of 59 terrorists,” Anwar Gargash tweeted. “The pressure linked to the crisis has begun to bear fruit.”
But Gargash, repeated his calls for for Qatar to reorient its insurance policies so as to ease the crisis with its Arab neighbours.
“It would be wiser (for Qatar) to totally change its (political) orientation,” he stated.
The adjustments Qatar introduced to its anti-terror laws amend an earlier legislation revealed in 2004 but Thursday’s decree didn’t present particulars of the precise nature of the revisions.(AFP)