Macron asks for lifting of embargo on Qatar "as soon as possible"


During a meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Paris, Macron demanded "the embargo measures affecting the population of Qatar, particularly families and students, to be lifted as soon as possible".

"The agreement we signed represents weeks of intensive discussions between experts and reinvigorates the spirit of the Riyadh summit", Tillerson had said at a joint news conference with HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

Since June Qatar is isolated from its neighbours - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with it over its close relations with Iran and its alleged support for extremists.

Qatar's stock market headed for its tenth straight losing session on Sunday as the country's index slipped 0.5 percent with Doha Bank dropping 2.6 percent.

She said that she supported efforts by Kuwait and the United States to mediate an end to the dispute. "We may disagree with some Arab countries on defining the roots of terrorism, but we agree on the need to fight it", he said.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday reaffirmed France's willingness to play an active role in supporting Kuwaiti mediation with a view to finding a solution to the Gulf crisis.

During his discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the Emir discussed the latest developments in the Gulf crisis and ways to solve it through diplomatic channels.

Turkey has shown solidarity with Doha by delivering food and other supplies and boosting military ties, including sending troops to a Turkish base there.

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. "This crisis only serves the enemies of this region".

"We must take a diplomatic approach to reach a fair and positive solution to the Gulf crisis", she said. Analysts and experts have suggested al-Hail is supported by the Arab countries now boycotting Qatar, something he denies. "And I don't believe the current regime in Qatar is acting for the good of my people".