Qatar's Emir heads to Germany, France and United States to discuss Gulf dispute

Qatar's Emir heads to Germany, France and United States to discuss Gulf dispute

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Thursday held talks in Turkey with the emirate's chief ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his first visit overseas since the start of a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was to meet in the morning in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before flying to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The two leaders met at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara, Turkish presidential sources said.

They were also joined in the two-and-half hour meeting by Energy Minister and Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, images showed.

The diplomatic crisis between Gulf countries began on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain collectively severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the region.

Doha denies the claims and Ankara has insisted there is absolutely no evidence to back the allegations.

In a show of solidarity, Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food products to break the embargo on Doha.

Middle East expert Cahit Tuz says Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani's picking of Turkey as his first trip overseas after the crisis shows that he was trying to find out what kind of role Turkey could take in the negotiations.

Erdogan has strongly spoken out against the sanctions applied by the four countries.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also hosted his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in Ankara on Thursday.

Pearl recalled that his late son, Daniel - a senior Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by Islamist terrorists in Pakistan in 2002 - had interviewed the Muslim Brotherhood's leading cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, one month after the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The bloc later modified the demands and reduced it to six broad principles, excluding the closure of Al Jazeera from the list.

Mediation efforts led by Kuwait suffered a setback on Saturday when Saudi Arabia said it was halting all dialogue with Qatar, on the pretext that Doha misrepresented the context of a phone call between the Emir and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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