Qatari Emir said he was ready for US-hosted talks over Gulf crisis in order to resolve the dispute. Speaking to a news channel, the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad-al Thani said he was keen to end the crisis.
“Nothing is going to be above our dignity, our sovereignty. But we want it to end. I always say that,” he told the “60 Minutes” programme in an interview aired on Sunday. “If they (are) going to walk one metre toward me, I’m willing to walk 10,000 miles towards them,” he said.
The four Arab states have severed ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism, a claim dismissed by Qatar.
Qatar is home to Al Udeid air base, the largest US military facility in the Middle East.
Sheikh Tamim said Trump had told him “I will not accept my friends fighting amongst themselves,” and that in talks on the sidelines of a United Nations’ meeting in September he had made an offer to host talks in the United States.
“I told him straightaway, ‘Mr President, we are very ready. I’ve been asking for dialogue from day one,” Sheikh Tamim said, adding that the meeting was supposed to happen very soon and that he had not heard a response from the other countries.
Meanwhile, Trump offered to mediate in the crisis and had said in September he had a strong feeling that the crisis would end pretty quickly.
However, the Saudi bloc have not yet agreed to have talks with Qatar and even Emir’s call to Saudi Crown Prince ended in a controversy as Qatar was accused of ‘distorting facts’.
Emir reaffirmed that Qatar would not shut down Al-Jazeera network, which was one of the demands of the four blockading states.
Sheikh Tamim also said he feared for the region if any military actions were taken as part of the crisis.
“I’m fearful that if anything happens, if any military act happens, this region will be in chaos,” he said.