Emir urges Trump to intervene in Gulf dispute

Macron asks for lifting of embargo on Qatar
French President urges lifting of Gulf blockade against Qatar
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21 September, 2017

Trump reportedly convinced Saudi and Emirati leaders, saying that a military conflict with Qatar would trigger a crisis in the Middle East that would benefit Iran.

During a meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Paris, Macron demanded "the embargo measures affecting the population of Qatar, particularly families and students, to be lifted as soon as possible".

Earlier on Tuesday, Sheikh Tamim criticised the countries behind the blockade on Qatar in his address to the UN General Assembly.

The Gulf crisis should be resolved "pretty quickly", US President Donald Trump said following a meeting with Qatar's Emir yesterday. Qatar hosts Al Udeid air base, the largest US military facility in the Middle East.

However, cognizant of the fact that Qatar hosts the US's largest air base in the region, the Pentagon urged a swift resolution to the Gulf dispute.

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"As you said, Mr. President, we have a problem with our neighbors", Tamim said, adding that with Trump's intervention, "hopefully we can find a solution for this problem".

It's been more than 100 days since the Arab quartet's boycott against Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting and funding terrorist groups.

In a speech severely criticising the four Arab states, the emir said the countries - Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt - were inflicting damage on the "war on terror".

"We have refused to yield to dictations by pressure and siege", he said at the United Nations podium.

Shortly after the dispute erupted in June, Trump expressed support for isolating Qatar to fight terrorism.


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