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Posted On: 12 July 2018 03:35 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

France calls for diplomatic solution to Qatar blockade -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 58

Khadiza Begum
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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates.

July 5, 2018

Amir, French minister discuss defence ties

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met on July 5 with the French Republic’s Minister of Defence Florence Parly at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base, Peninsula Qatar reported.

During their they discussed military and defence cooperation ties between Qatar and France as well as the means to enhance them. Furthermore, they also talked about the latest regional and international developments.

July 8, 2018

China - Qatar visa exemption

China - Qatar relation
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It has been more than a year since four neighbouring countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. However, Qatar keeps on boosting amicable relations with various countries. In line with this, the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Qatar and China represents a new phase in which further initiatives will be launched to enhance co-operation between the two countries, China’s ambassador to Qatar Li Chen has stressed,Gulf times reported.

China and Qatar celebrated the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the signing of an agreement on the mutual exemption of visas to enter their territories.

It is worth noting that China is one of the main trading partners of Qatar with a trade volume of about $8bn, as well as importing about 40 percent of its total needs of liquefied natural gas from Qatar, appreciating the contribution of the Chinese side in the infrastructure, energy and petrochemical sectors in Qatar.

July 6, 2108

France calls for diplomatic solution to GCC crisis

France calls for diplomatic solution to GCC crisis
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French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis during a meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in France's capital, Paris, Al Jazeera reported. As he told reporters after Friday's meeting: "Qatar suffers daily from the measures that have been taken, families have been separated because of the crisis. We talked about the crisis and we agree that it must be solved through dialogue."

The Qatari emir expressed his gratitude to Macron for France's support in the crisis, stating that the bond between the countries are very crucial.

"I'd like to thank the president for the stance he's taken for a year now. Since the Gulf Crisis began, he has always been by the side of Qatar and has always pushed for dialogue between all the parties," the Emir said.

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(Cover image credit: Peninsula Qatar)