‘I don’t want to talk about the past, we want to look to the future’: Sheikh Tamim on the boycott crisis

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The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said in an interview with the French magazine “Le Point”, when asked about the crisis between Doha, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, that he didn’t want to talk about the past.

“We want to look to the future, because we are going through a new phase in which things are moving in the right direction,” Al Thani said.

“We are aware that views can sometimes differ, and we are preparing the future with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which is essential to unlock the potential of young people in the region,” he continued. .

Al Thani said the unity and cooperation of the GCC is important for the whole world, pointing out that the GCC is going through a recovery phase after great shock and turmoil.

Asked whether what bothered other GCC countries was Qatar’s path, the system of power succession or relations with Iran, he said: “In all honesty, and as I I said earlier, I don’t see any point in talking about the past.

“Iran is a very important country with which we have a historic relationship, and we encourage all Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Iran to keep communication channels open,” he said.

“We have to sit down together and discuss [differences] with the Iranians directly and without any outside interference,” Al Thani said.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently paid a two-day visit to Qatar after years of strained relations.

Sisi and Al Thani witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Egypt’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and the Qatar Investment Authority.

A memorandum of understanding in the field of social affairs was also signed between the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Qatari Ministry of Social Development, as well as a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of ports between Egypt and Qatar.

Previously, Sisi had met with representatives of the Qatar Businessmen’s Association at his residence in Doha.

Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said Sisi welcomed the meeting, which embodies the spirit of cooperation between Egypt and the State of Qatar, underscoring Egypt’s concern over the period. to develop economic and commercial cooperation relations with the Qatari business world and companies, by developing investment relations to help support the economic development of the two countries.

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