Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Qatari emir meeting Merkel in 1st trip overseas since crisis

The order from Qatar eases concerns over Typhoon sales The order from Qatar eases concerns over Typhoon sales
Sammy Stanley | 17 September, 2017, 09:14

The Elysée statement added that the French President and the Emir of Qatar expressed their shared resolve to deepen cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism and to establish joint mechanisms to drain the sources of financing of terrorism and to prevent radicalization.

As for the Syrian crisis, which represents a great danger to the region and the world, His Highness the Emir pointed out that there must be a political solution acceptable to all parties in Syria.

With regard to the position towards some German companies in which Qatar has invested and now facing economic difficulties, His Highness the Emir said that Qatar has great confidence in the German economy and it is a strategic partnership.

The German Chancellor expressed concern that more than 100 days had passed since the beginning of the crisis between Qatar and its neighbours without finding a solution.

Catalan mayors defiant over independence vote pressure
Since July, Madrid has demanded weekly spending reports in an attempt to prevent public money being used for the referendum. According to July poll, only 41 percent of Catalans favor independence but almost 70 want a vote.

"And we spoke about the need for all the parties to sit at one table again as soon as possible".

During the meeting in Paris, the two leaders have discussed the latest developments of the Gulf crisis, and the efforts to resolve it through dialogue and diplomatic means with Kuwait's mediation.

She said that she supported efforts by Kuwait and the United States to mediate an end to the dispute.

"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 stressed. For his part, the QFA chief extended thanks to the Federation Internationale de Football Association president for his good reception and for the positive handling of the various files discussed during the visit. The German Chancellor said to the press on Friday that she hoped the dialogue will be fruitful and constructive.

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