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21 September, 2017

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has called for an worldwide convention to settle its diplomatic crisis with Saudi-led Arab quartet through peaceful means, state-run Qatar News Agency reported Wednesday.

The US president, who called the emir "a friend", said after Tuesday's meeting that he believed the dispute would be solved quickly. "And I think we'll get it solved, I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly". Qatar is home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East.

The nations say Doha supports regional foe Iran and Islamists, charges Qatar's leaders deny.

"I stand before you while my country and my people are subjected to an ongoing and unjust blockade imposed since June 5 by neighboring countries", Sheikh Tamim said in an address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY on Tuesday.

"Trump, who has said he would be willing to mediate the worst dispute in decades among the US -allied Arab states and Qatar, said he had a "very strong feeling" the dispute would be solved "pretty quickly".

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On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar, accusing Doha of financing terrorism and extremism.

During his address, the Emir said that his people felt betrayed by the hacking of QNA, as well as the ensuing blockade.

Qatar's emir, in turn, said he believed Trump's "interference will help a lot".

Trump had initially sided with the Saudi-led group and called Qatar a "funder of terrorism".


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