The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has said that his country is ready for dialogue to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led group, but stressed that any solution to the crisis must respect his country’s sovereignty.
“We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems,” so long as Qatar’s “sovereignty is respected,” Sheikh Tamim said in a televised address on Friday, his first since the June 5 rupturing of ties with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Sheikh Tamim said his country was targeted by unprecedented campaign. He valued Kuwait’s mediation and the support of the United States, Turkey and Germany for the efforts to resolve the crisis.
The Emir thanked Turkey for “putting into force quickly a cooperation agreement signed between us and meeting our basic needs”.
“It is clear that the campaign against us was pre-planned. We took a test and passed it,” Sheikh Tamim said.
The Emir hailed the solidarity and resolve that Qataris have shown in the face of the crisis, and said it would make his country, which will host football’s World Cup in 2022, even more resilient.