Qatari Emir at the United Nations calls for 'unconditional dialogue'

Elias Hubbard
September 20, 2017

"I stand before you while my country and my people are subjected to an ongoing and unjust blockade imposed since June 5 by neighbouring countries", Sheikh Tamim said, addressing the UN General Assembly in NY on Tuesday.

The Emir of Qatar claimed that "the four countries have planned to subject Qatar to a comprehensive custody", as he put it and that his country faced a "mass media campaign that had been prepared in advance". Qatar has repeatedly rejected the charges, seeing instead an attack on its sovereignty. Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute and the United States has taken an increasingly robust role in trying to bring an end to the crisis, but as yet to no avail.

"The countries who imposed the blockade on the State of Qatar interfere in the internal affairs of many countries, and accuse all those who oppose them domestically and overseas with terrorism. By doing they are inflicting damage on the war on terror", said the emir of Qatar, which is home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East. "By doing they are inflicting damage on the war on terror", Sheikh Tamim said in his speech to the annual gathering of world leaders. Sheikh Tamim met with heads of state in Turkey, Germany and France before arriving in NY last week, as diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis shifted from the increasingly splintered Persian Gulf to the White House.

Qatar has been accused by the Saudi-led coalition of supporting extremism and terrorism, but has yet to be presented with evidence of the accusations.

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a meeting with the head of Qatar on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in NY on Tuesday to discuss the Gulf crisis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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