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Qatar Emir says open to dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis

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Reuters, Bogor :
Qatar is "open to dialogue" in resolving a dispute that has seen the Gulf state isolated from its Arab neighbours, its emir said during a visit to Indonesia on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of financing terrorism and maintaining too close of ties to their arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said he discussed the issue with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, which has the world's largest population of Muslims and has close ties to the Arab world. "We conveyed...that Qatar is ready to conduct a dialogue to solve the problem as we already know that no one will win," Thani told reporters after meeting with Widodo at the state palace in Bogor, outside the capital of Jakarta.

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