Qatar’s emir warns against military action in Gulf dispute

By on October 29, 2017


Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is on his first trip abroad since a diplomatic crisis erupted in June between his nation and four Arab countries. (Photo By Jim Mattis - 170928-D-GY869-340, CC BY 2.0)
Sheikh Tamim in 2017 (Photo By Jim Mattis – 170928-D-GY869-340, CC BY 2.0)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar’s emir has warned against any military confrontation over the ongoing diplomatic dispute between his country and four other Arab nations.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani says: “I’m fearful that if anything happens, if any military act happens, this region will be in chaos.”

Speaking to the American television network CBS’s “60 Minutes” news program, Sheikh Tamim also acknowledged that U.S. President Donald Trump offered to host a meeting between the parties.

Sheikh Tamim said: “It was supposed to be very soon, this meeting. But I don’t have any response.”

The “60 Minutes” interview will air Sunday night in the U.S.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started boycotting Qatar in June over allegations it supports extremists, which Qatar denies.