The Emir of Qatar has called for negotiations to ease a boycott by four powerful Arab Neighbours.

In his first public address since the crisis erupted, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani said any solution must respect Qatar’s sovereignty.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June over its alleged support for terrorism and ties with Iran, and issued a series of demands.

In his television address, the Emir condemned a “Malicious smearing Campaign” against Qatar and praised the resilience of its people.

Meanwhile US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was satisfied with Qatar’s efforts to resolve a diplomatic crisis that has pitted it against Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Oman Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, which has remained neutral in the dispute, Tillerson noted “Positive Movement” in talks since he visited the region ten days ago.

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