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Oil slide may dampen Gulf, no good news on Qatar crisis

Oil slide may dampen Gulf, no good news on Qatar crisis

Britain's government has praised willingness of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for dialogue to resolve the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

"No one has any interest in prolonging this crisis anymore", Erdoğan said in Istanbul before departing for the two-day trip.

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said in his first public comments on the dispute late Friday that Qatar is prepared to engage in dialogue, but that any resolution to the crisis must respect its sovereignty and that any terms can not be dictated from outside.

He earlier held talks with the king of neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Tayyip Erdogan expressed the hope that his visit would be beneficial for the region.

"The Emir also pledged to resolve the remaining differences with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain through dialogue, negotiation, and Kuwaiti mediation".




Doha denies the claim and has been backed by Ankara throughout the standoff.

"We demand the countries that imposed the embargo on Qatar reverse their June 5 decision, compensate the victims and allow students to complete the academic year", Abdelmajid Mrari of the Brussels-based rights group AFD International told a press conference in Doha.

The defiant Doha government, however, strongly refused to comply, calling the wide-ranging demands "unrealistic, unreasonable and unacceptable".

The United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar's decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws, a potentially positive sign.

Erdogan, whose country has come to Qatar's aid in the dispute, had talks in Jeddah with King Salman who hailed the Turkish leader's "efforts in the fight against terrorism and its financing", Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Some analysts believe the Saudi anger is rather because Qatar acts more independently of Riyadh, including in its relations with Iran.


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