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Qatari Emir at the UN calls for ‘unconditional dialogue’

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Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim al-Thani gave his first public address at the United Nations General Assembly since several countries broke of diplomatic and economic ties with Doha over the country’s support for terrorism.

At the UN, Al-Thani said his government was prepared for “unconditional dialogue that was based on respect for sovereignty”.

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”.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt severed ties with Qatar in June following a diplomatic rift over Doha’s foreign policies.