The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani reaffirmed his readiness to resolve the crisis through dialogue and in respect of sovereignty. He backed Trump’s invitation for a meeting at Camp David with the brothers to end the dispute.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, the emir said that he would walk 10 thousand miles towards the brothers, if they walk even one meter towards reconciliation.
He expressed shock by the siege decision. He had no clue of disturbance when he took part in Riyadh meeting with the leaders of the siege countries in the presence of the US president.
Sheikh Tamim said that the siege countries do not like Qatar’s freedom of speech in the region and added that Al Jazeera will not be shut down. He said that history will write one day in 50, 60 or 70 years how it changed the whole idea of free speech in the region.
The Emir also said that the siege nations were looking to change the regime in Qatar, as they tried to do that before in 1996, in order to take control of Qatar.
He also warned that any military action would put the whole region in chaos and added that Trump assured him that his allies in the region would not be allowed to fight. He also stated that the Qatari people’s ability to face the crisis was underestimated by the blockading states. He was proud of his people and said that Qatar has become stronger.
Responding to a question about Qatar’s relation with Iran, the Emir said: “Iran is our neighbor. And we have more differences in our foreign policies with Iran, than the siege countries do. But 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.”
On the presence of a Taliban office in Doha, the Emir explained that the office was opened on a request from US in order to start dialogue with the movement in Qatar.