Sheikh Tamim: Qatar ready to sit at negotiating table

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Qatar is ready to sit at the negotiating table to try to end the dispute with its neighbors, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday in Berlin.

“We spoke about Qatar’s readiness to sit at the table to solve this issue,” The Qatar Emir told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

“We disagree with some Arab countries on the definition of terrorism,” he said. “We want a solution that satisfies all sides,” he added.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, citing that the Gulf state is financing terrorism and questioning Doha’s ties with Iran.

Merkel said she was concerned that there was still no solution to the crisis, adding she supported efforts by Kuwait and the United States to mediate an end to the dispute. “We are not siding with any party and we are in contact with Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” she said.

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