Macron Calls for Immediate Lifting of Traffic Embargo on Qatar - Elysee Palace

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The Elysée statement added that the French President and the Emir of Qatar expressed their shared resolve to deepen cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism and to establish joint mechanisms to drain the sources of financing of terrorism and to prevent radicalization.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, suspending air and shipping routes with the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, over allegations Qatar funds extremists and has good ties with Iran, foe of Saudi.

"It's cause for great concern that after 100 days a solution to this conflict is still not in sight", she said.

"Germany does not stand by one side in this crisis, but would like to contribute to a solution based on German values and it sees the need that all parties sit at the dialogue table", she stressed. She expressed appreciation for the USA efforts to reach a solution in this crisis.

The German Chancellor noted the Emir's willingness to do everything in his power to resolve the Gulf crisis and confirmed Berlin's communication with all parties involved.

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In response to a question about Germany's position on the crisis and in view of the 13 demands, the Chancellor replied that she did not believe that, in this conflict, the problem could be solved in public as everything would appear in and be leaked to the media the next day.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by phone with Sheikh Tamim a week ago in what looked like a breakthrough.

Qatar denies supporting extremism, saying the crisis is politically motivated.

Sheikh Tamim was expected to fly out to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron later on Friday. He left the Elysee palace without speaking to the press.

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