Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Qatar's emir to talk to Merkel, Macron to end Gulf crisis

Qatar's emir to talk to Merkel, Macron to end Gulf crisis

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June over its close relations with Iran and its alleged support for extremists.

Qatar denies supporting extremism, saying the crisis is politically motivated.

"We won't solve this conflict in the open with everyone in the world voicing their opinion", she said, calling for talks "that are not reported in the newspaper every day".

Merkel said that "we want migrant workers to be treated better", adding that "a reform process has started in Qatar and we want it... to continue".

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Arab states to lift an embargo on Qatar, which harms the Qatari citizens, as soon as possible, the Elysee Palace said Friday in a press release.

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In an interview with the news magazine Le Point last week, Macron said both Qatar and Saudi Arabia had financed "groups that are not the same ones, but which have de facto contributed to terrorism".

Qatar has rejected the demands as violations of its sovereignty. During the meeting in Paris, the two leaders have discussed the latest developments of the Gulf crisis, and the efforts to resolve it through dialogue and diplomatic means with Kuwait's mediation.

"We support a resolution of the crisis through a brotherly manner and through dialogue", Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan's spokesman, told reporters.

The conference was organized by Khalid al-Hail. Saturday's data showed the sanctions were still having a major impact on Qatar's real estate market, however, by hurting business sentiment and prompting some investors from other Arab states to offer their properties for sale.

"The on-going crisis in the GCC is by far the most significant episode of internal discord within the organization since its inception in 1981", said CIRS Director Dr Mehran Kamrava.

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