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Qatar Says Talks With Saudi Arabia Begin Only When Embargo Lifted

  • Position on solution has not changed, Emir says at Doha Forum
  • Boycott should end, dispute resolved with dialogue, he says
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, delivers a speech during the opening session of the Doha Forum on Dec. 15. 

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, delivers a speech during the opening session of the Doha Forum on Dec. 15. 

Photographer: Karim Jafaar/AFP via Getty Images

Qatar’s ruler said negotiations to end the feud with its neighbors can only begin after the Saudi-led group ends the embargo on the gas-rich country.

“Our position on the solution hasn’t changed,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said at a conference in Doha on Saturday. “The blockade should be lifted and the dispute resolved with dialogue based on mutual respect and non-intervention in the internal affairs of states.”