Merkel urges quiet diplomacy to resolve Qatar crisis


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The visit is the third trip, after Turkey and Germany, of the Qatari emir's first foreign tour since the crisis began.

Food prices jumped after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Doha on June 5, closing Qatar's land border with Saudi Arabia - across which many perishable goods had been imported - and disrupting maritime shipping routes.

"We spoke about Qatar's readiness to sit at the table to solve this issue".

"We can not solve the problem in public, we must use diplomacy to reach fair results to end the conflict away from public and media attention", Merkel said.

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Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute.

Qatar's ruling emir met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday on his first trip overseas since a diplomatic crisis erupted between the tiny Gulf nation and its neighbors, and the German leader voiced "great concern" that no end to the conflict is in sight.

The German Chancellor noted the Emir's willingness to do everything in his power to resolve the Gulf crisis and confirmed Berlin's communication with all parties involved. "The panel discussion hosted by CIRS gives the audience an opportunity to hear the analysis of three renowned experts on the causes and consequences of the crisis, what prompted Saudi Arabia and the UAE to launch the comprehensive blockade of Qatar, and what measures Qatar has taken in response politically, economically, and diplomatically".

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the lifting of a Saudi-led embargo on Qatar in effect since June. He left the Elysee palace without speaking to the press. "We may disagree with some Arab countries on defining the roots of terrorism, but we agree on the need to fight it", he said.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights has refuted allegations made by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar about the alleged violation of worldwide law by the anti-terrorism quartet, in their boycott of Qatar.