Qatar's emir renews call for dialogue over Gulf crisis

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 2:30 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for "unconditional dialogue" to end a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states.

Speaking from the podium of the 193-member General Assembly, Sheikh Tamim renewed the call "for an unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty".

In a speech severely criticizing 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".

(Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by James Dalgleish)