TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to Saudi Arabia yesterday in a bid to end the blockade on Qatar.
Mr Erdogan, whose country has troops deployed in Qatar, is on a three-nation trip to persuade Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt to lift their month-long blockade.
Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said late on Friday that his country was prepared for talks, but that any resolution must respect its sovereignty and the terms cannot be dictated from outside.
He also repeated Qatar’s commitment to tackling terrorism amid allegations that the Gulf state supports extremist organisations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
UAE Foreign Minister Anwar al-Gargash tweeted late on Saturday that Qatar must review its policies and repeating its previous positions only “deepens the crisis.”
But yesterday British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the Qatari leader’s comments, saying: “We hope that in turn Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain respond by taking steps towards lifting the embargo.”