Alwaght- Qatar says Saudi-led Arab regimes that had imposed sanctions on Doha since June were not interested in a solution to the crisis.
Speaking to members of the Persian Gulf Arab state’s Shoura Council, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said Tuesday “We express our readiness for a compromise within the framework of a dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and common obligations, but on the other hand we recognize that the indicators that come from the blockade states show they do not want to reach a solution”.
The current Persian Gulf crisis started on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade links with Qatar and imposed a blockade against it, accusing Doha of funding "terrorism". Qatar has vehemently rejected the allegations as "baseless".
On June 22, the group issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera TV, limiting ties with Iran, and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country as a prerequisite to lifting the blockade. Qatar rejected all the demands, denouncing them as attempts to infringe its sovereignty.
In his speech, Tamim also said his government was focusing on completing strategic projects to help the country cope with the sanctions imposed by its neighbors, including ports, water and food security, and to encourage investments.