The Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has revealed that US President Donald Trump offered to bring him and his Arab neighbours together at a Camp David meeting aimed at ending the blockade of Qatar but there had been no response from the Saudi Arabia-led quartet.
In an interview to Charlie Rose to be broadcast on 60 Minutes on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (5:00am Qatar time), he said that he has had no response from the blockading countries.
The Emir met with President Trump at the UN recently where he said the latter suggested the meeting at Camp David.”The president showed he is committed to find an end to this
crisis…he suggested that we come and I told him straightaway, ‘Mr. President, we are very ready, I’ve been asking for dialogue all along,'”he says.”It was supposed to be very soon this meeting, but I don’t have any response [from the other countries].”
The Emir tells Rose,”Iran is our neighbor…we have lots of differences on foreign policies with Iran. But let me tell you one thing, Charlie. When those countries, our brothers, blocked everything. Blocked medicine, blocked food, the only way for us to provide food and medicine for our people was through Iran. And when they talk about terrorism, absolutely not. We do not support terrorism.”
The real reason for the blockade, the Emir says, is”They don’t like our independence…we want freedom of speech for the region…they think that this is a threat to them,”he says.
When Rose asks whether Qatar will bend to their demands to shut down Al Jazeera and sever ties with Iran, the Emir responds,”Our sovereignty is a red line. We don’t accept anybody interfering [with] our sovereignty… No, we’re not going to shut down Al Jazeera.”
But the Emir is more than willing to sit down with his antagonists.”If they going to walk one meter toward me, I’m willing to walk 10,000 miles towards them,”he tells Rose.