Qatar Emir Requests Meetings with Jewish US Leaders

Representative to the United Nations Obaid Salem Al Zaabi making a point

Representative to the United Nations Obaid Salem Al Zaabi making a point

The talks got under way on Thursday at Erdogan's presidential palace in the capital Ankara, the Turkish presidency said.

The latest reports indicate that Turkey's exports to Qatar hiked to $165 million in the past three months, with a remarkable surge of 84 percent year on year.

"The boycott was motivated by the damage caused by Qatar's irresponsible behaviour in supporting, funding and providing shelter to terrorists and terrorist organisations, which is what pushed our countries to make the decision to boycott Qatar".

Pearl's protest follows Tuesday's announcement by Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), that he had turned down an invitation to meet with Qatari leaders.

He pointed out that if the Qatari people have been harmed by what the representative of Qatar called the "siege of the boycotting countries", how could he explain the statements made by senior Qatari officials, confirming that they are not affected by severing diplomatic relations. In a statement on September 7 announcing the initiative, Muzin said he believed that the Qataris were "sincere" in their desire to improve relations with "the USA and the Jewish community worldwide".

As part of its bid to improve its image among American Jews, Qatar has hired Nick Muzin, a former deputy chief of staff to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a familiar figure in pro-Israel circles, to manage its outreach efforts.

Al Zaabi said that the four countries welcome the convening of the panel and restate their condemnation of the imposition of coercive measures because they are contrary to worldwide laws and represent violations of human rights. "They need to change the format of Al Jazeera, their TV station, which incites against Israel".

"If they did some of those things, at least started, I would be interested in meeting them", Klein said, adding they must provide first serious proof that they really are changing.

Sheikh Tamim meets with Donald Trump in Riyadh in May.

A spokesman for Muzin told The Algemeiner last week declined to comment any further on the initiative.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June over its close relations with Iran and its alleged support for extremists.

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