Agencies (Qasioun) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday that Arab states that had imposed sanctions on his country in June over allegations of supporting terrorism were not interested in a solution to the crisis.
Speaking to members of the Gulf Arab state's Shoura Council, Tamim said his government was preparing for elections to the consultative body. The necessary legislation would be ready in 2018.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran. Qatar denies the charges.
"We express our readiness for a compromise within the framework of a dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and common obligations, but on the other hand we recognise that the indicators that come from the blockade states show they do not want to reach a solution," Tamim said.
The four countries have "put pressure and published rumours and fabrications" against Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.
Source: Daily Sabah