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Qatar emir says open to Trump-hosted talks over Gulf crisis

DOHA (Web Desk) Qatar’s ruler said he is ready for U.S.-hosted direct talks aimed at solving the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years but has yet to hear a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to the four Arab states boycotting Doha.Speaking to U.S. broadcaster CBS News, …

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Espanol / English Russia, Qatar sign military cooperation agreement

DOHA (Web Desk) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, signed a joint intergovernmental agreement on military technical cooperation on the sidelines of the Russian minister’s visit to Doha.Shoigu arrived to Doha yesterday on his first-ever official visit to Gulf state, during which he …

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In Qatar, Tillerson says Saudi Arabia not ready to talk

DOHA (Web Desk) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has embarked on a diplomatic shuttle to help mend fences between neighboring Persian Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but that Riyadh has been unresponsive to his mediation bid.Tillerson has traveled to Qatar following a visit to Saudi Arabia, …

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UAE planned to attack Qatar with US-trained mercs: Ex-official

Doha (Web Desk) Qatar’s former deputy prime minister says the United Arab Emirates planned a military invasion of Qatar with thousands of US-trained mercenaries, but it failed to secure Washington’s support. Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah told the Spanish daily ABC earlier this week that the UAE hired a “Blackwater-linked” private …

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Iran Urges Regional Initiatives for Collective Security

DOHA (Web Desk) None of the conflicts in the Middle East has a military solution, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated, calling on regional states to stay in touch to find negotiated solutions and give priority to regional initiatives for peace and security.Iran favors perfect relations with all of …

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Qatari emir slams ‘unjust’ Saudi-led siege in UN speech

DOHA (Web Desk) Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has sharply denounced the Saudi-led bloc of countries for imposing an “unjust” blockade against his nation, saying such pressure tactics amount to “terrorism.I stand before you while my country and my people are subjected to an ongoing and unjust …

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Qatar crisis may last into 2018 and beyond, say experts

DOHA (Web Desk) As the boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc of countries approaches its 100th day Wednesday, experts have warned the increasingly bitter dispute could last into 2018 and beyond.“If the present trajectory is anything to go by, I expect this crisis to last well into the next …

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New $7.4bn port to help shield Qatar from Arab sanctions

HAMAD PORT (Web Desk) Qatar inaugurated a new $7.4 billion port along its Gulf coast on Tuesday that officials said would become a regional transport hub and help shield its economy against sanctions enforced by neighbouring Arab states.The Hamad port, 40km south of Doha, is one of the largest such …

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Qatar introduces visa on arrival facility for Pakistani travellers

Qatar has introduced a visa-on-arrival facility for Pakistani passport holders, according to the Qatar Airways website’s visa information page. Qatar Airways is state-owned and the national flag carrier of the country. It is unclear when the rules for Pakistani passport holders were revised by Qatari authorities. According to Qatar Airways, …

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