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17 September 2017, 09:13 | Devin Moran
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by phone with Sheikh Tamim a week ago in what looked like a breakthrough.
Dammam, Paris, Berlin- German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for negotiations to end the Qatari crisis away from public and media attention.
"Qatar supports Kuwaiti mediation and will continue to support it until a solution to the crisis is reached", the Emir said. The German Chancellor said to the press on Friday that she hoped the dialogue will be fruitful and constructive.
The emir was in Berlin on his first tour overseas since the start of the crisis, having visited Turkey the previous day and headed next to France and then the UN General Assembly in NY.
"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.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, accusing the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran. She expressed appreciation for the U.S. efforts to reach a solution in this crisis.
"We are all fighting terrorism to ensure security but we must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism", he said while observing that there may be differences with some Arab countries in identifying the roots of terrorism.
President Macron "expressed his concern at the tensions threatening regional stability, hampering political resolution of crises and the effectiveness of our collective fight against terrorism", the Elysée statement said, adding that the French head of state demanded that the embargo measures, affecting the populations of Qatar, particularly families and students, be lifted as quickly as possible. He left the Elysee palace without speaking to the press.
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