Emir: Talks with Merkel & Macron positive
16 Sep 2017 - 1:46
Berlin/Paris: Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said that talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel were distinct and frank and dealt with the crisis in the Gulf between Qatar and its neighbours after more than one hundred days of the siege on Qatar, stressing the readiness of Qatar to sit at the dialogue table to resolve the issue.
The Emir expressed his thanks to the German Chancellor for the efforts made by Germany and its role in resolving differences at the dialogue table as well as its support for the Kuwaiti initiative, which Qatar has been supporting from the beginning and will continue to support until a solution that satisfies all parties is reached.
Speaking at the joint press conference with Merkel following a meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Chancellery, the Emir said that the talks dealt with the crisis in Libya and Qatar’s support for the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord.
As for the Syrian crisis, which represents a great danger to the region and the world, His Highness pointed out that there must be a political solution that satisfies all parties in Syria. The Emir pointed out that the talks also dealt with the distinguished relations between Qatar and Germany, such as economic and cultural relations and how to develop them, wishing continued talks between Qatar and its friends in Germany.
On combating terrorism, the Emir said we are all fighting terrorism to ensure security but we must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism, adding that there may be differences with some Arab countries in identifying the roots of terrorism, but we all agree that we must fight terrorism.
Replying to a question about Qatar’s position towards some German companies in which Qatar is investing and is currently facing economic difficulties, HH the Emir said that Qatar has great confidence in the German economy and it is a strategic partnership, pointing out that what these companies are going through is normal and will not change Qatar’s position on these investments.
The German Chancellor said that she was happy that the Emir paid this visit which was planned long ago. She said that the discussions were very open and frank, with a focus on the Gulf crisis and the situation in the region with regard to Libya and Syria.
The German Chancellor expressed concern that more than one hundred days has passed since the beginning of the crisis between Qatar and its neighbours without finding a solution, explaining that Germany does not stand by one side in this crisis, but would like to contribute to a solution based on German values and it sees the need that all parties sit at the dialogue table. Germany will continue its contacts through diplomatic channels to seek a solution to the crisis, she said, adding that it was agreed during the talks to encourage the State of Kuwait to continue its efforts to resolve it. She expressed appreciation for the US efforts to find a solution to this crisis.
She added that the talks dealt with the need to combat terrorism and its international financing, hoping that the positive will from all sides will be available as there are enormous challenges in the region. On the situation in Yemen, she hoped that there will be positive development to resolve the crisis within the GCC. Chancellor Merkel described German-Qatari relations as strong despite the crisis, expressing the desire to develop them.
In response to a question about Germany’s position on the crisis and in view of the 13 demands, the German Chancellor replied that she did not believe that, in this conflict, the problem could be solved in public as everything would appear in and be leaked to the media the next day, explaining that fair and positive results must be reached through discussions.
Germany does not stand by one side and it is ready to work to help in this regard and to talk with all parties.
Responding to a question about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and whether the talks dealt with this issue, Chancellor Merkel explained that this issue was not addressed during the talks but indicated that she was aware that the State of Qatar has carried out reforms on expatriate workers and that Germany hopes these reforms will continue.