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Emir meets Erdogan in Turkey

16 September 2017

Qatar has confidence in German firms and will hold on to stakes in Deutsche Bank DBGn.DE and Volkswagen VOWGn.DE, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday.

On Friday, the Emir will hold talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the prospects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways to develop them, in addition to the latest regional and worldwide developments, primarily the Gulf crisis.

The two leaders held a 2.5 hour long closed-door meeting after having dinner together, attended by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.

The four Arab states calling to fight terror have reiterated that the measures that they have taken against Qatar are legitimate sovereign decisions that are by no means a "siege" but a boycott resulting from the damage caused by the irresponsible actions of Doha through its support, financing and harboring of terrorism and terrorist groups, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and trade links with Qatar, with accusations of supporting terrorism based on its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.

In a show of solidarity, Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food products to break the embargo on Doha.

Ankara has a military base in Qatar and deployed more troops after the hostilities erupted.

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The bloc later modified the demands and reduced it to six broad principles, excluding the closure of Al Jazeera from the list.

But his visit ended without any sign of a breakthrough and Ankara has shown signs of preferring to leave mediation efforts to Kuwait.

After visiting Turkey, Qatar's leader will visit Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Next week, Sheikh Tamim is also scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump stateside, the National reports.

On Wednesday, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah met with Erdogan at his presidential palace.

But Turkey also does not want to wreck its own relations with regional kingpin Saudi Arabia and its hugely powerful new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Emir meets Erdogan in Turkey