Emir to address UN General Assembly, meet Trump today

Shortly after addressing the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met in NY to discuss the Gulf's major diplomatic crisis.

"I stand before you while my country and my people are subjected to an ongoing and unjust blockade imposed since June 5 by neighboring countries", Sheikh Tamim said in an address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY on Tuesday.

His Highness the Emir's meeting with the United States president is expected to give a momentum to the efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis that has now entered the fourth month. "And I'm sure that with your interference hopefully we can find a solution to this problem".

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of bankrolling Islamist extremists and being too close to Iran.

"The countries who imposed the blockade on the state of Qatar interfere in the internal affairs of many countries, and accuse all those who oppose them domestically and overseas with terrorism".

Among the accusations from the Saudi-led coalition are that Qatar supports terrorism and meddling in the region.

"A Gulf official from one of the opposing countries said it was "unfortunate that Emir Tamim continues to talk about a blockade when even he in the same speech acknowledged that his ship lanes are open".

When asked if he had warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE against invading Qatar, Trump responded, "No".

  • Jon Douglas