Qatar emir calls for 'unconditional dialogue' with blockading countries at United Nations meeting

The emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim in Germany ahead of travelling to New York where he failed to address a forum. EPA  FELIPE TRUEBA

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim al-Thani has said his country is ready to hold unconditional dialogue to end crisis in the Gulf region. Qatar is home to the largest USA military base in the Middle East.

"I stand before you while my country and my people are subjected to an ongoing and unjust blockade imposed since June 5 by neighboring countries", Sheikh Tamim said in an address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY on Tuesday.

The U.S. president said he was confident a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors could be "solved pretty quickly".

"It seems that those who planned and implemented it had envisaged that their move would cause a shocking and direct impact that will bring the State of Qatar to its knees and to capitulate to a total tutelage to be imposed on it", he said.

"As you said, Mr. President, we have a problem with our neighbors", Tamim said, adding that with Trump's intervention, "hopefully we can find a solution for this problem".




In a speech severely criticizing the four Arab states' conduct during the dispute, the emir said the countries were inflicting damage on the "war on terror".

It's been more than 100 days since the Arab quartet's boycott against Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting and funding terrorist groups.

"We have refused to yield to dictations by pressure and siege", he said at the United Nations podium.

However, after getting word of this possibility, Trump allegedly called the two leaders and urged them to exercise restraint.

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