The Emir of Qatar has revealed that the US President Donald Trump offered to bring him and his Arab neighbours together at a Camp David meeting to end the blockade on Qatar. The emir told that he has had no response from his Arab counterparts imposing the blockade.
Qatar is an important ally of the US and hosts the biggest US military base which has 10,000 Americans and coalition forces. The Emir had a meeting with Trump in New York during the UN assembly during which the meeting at Camp David was suggested.
“The president showed he is committed to find an end to this crisis…he suggested that we come and I told him straightaway, ‘Mr. President, we are very ready, I’ve been asking for dialogue all along,'” he says. “It was supposed to be very soon this meeting, but I don’t have any response [from the other countries].”
Qatar has been blocked from the four Arab states after accusing it of supporting terrorism, a claim which has been denied by Qatar. They are also not happy with Qatar’s closeness to Iran, arch rival of Saudi Arabia.
The Emir said in an interview, “Iran is our neighbor…we have lots of differences and foreign policies with Iran, more than them. But let me tell you one thing, Charlie. When those countries, our brothers, blocked everything. Blocked medicine, blocked food, the only way for us to provide food and medicine for our people was through Iran. And when they talk about terrorism, absolutely not. We do not support terrorism.”
The real reason for the blockade, he says, is “They don’t like our independence…we want freedom of speech for the region…they think that this is a threat to them,” he says. When Rose asks whether Qatar will bend to their demands to shut down Al Jazeera and sever ties with Iran, the Emir responds, “Our sovereignty is a red line. We don’t accept anybody interfering [with] our sovereignty… No, we’re not going to shut down Al Jazeera.”
But the Emir is more than willing to sit down with his antagonists. “If they going to walk one meter toward me, I’m willing to walk 10,000 miles towards them,” he said.