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

DOHA: 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, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said he wanted an end to the dispute, which erupted on June 5 and pits Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt against Qatar. “Nothing is going to be above our dignity, our…

Saudi Arabia suspends any dialogue with Qatar: SPA

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by the telephone with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Friday when they discussed the Gulf dispute, state media from both countries reported earlier. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar…

Qatar announces 5 bn euro order for warships from Italy

DOHA: Qatar announced on Wednesday a five-billion-euro order for seven warships from Italy in the midst of a nearly two-month diplomatic crisis with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies. "We have signed a contract on behalf of the Qatari navy to acquire seven warships from Italy for five billion euros ($5.9 billion)," Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said at a Doha press conference with his visiting Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano. It follows the signing of a preliminary contract in June…

Saudi Arabia detains Turkey media reporters on FM’s visit

ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia detained two reporters for Turkey's state-run English language channel TRT World for some 10 hours during a visit by the Turkish foreign minister, before releasing them, reports said Saturday. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu late Friday held talks with Saudi Arabia King Salman in Mecca aimed at easing the crisis over the diplomatic and economic isolation of Ankara's ally Qatar. Correspondent Hasan Abdullah and cameraman Nihat Yayman, who were covering the talks, were detained by Saudi…