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Macron urges lifting of embargo against Qatar

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 15/09/2017
Paris said it backs diplomatic efforts led by Kuwait, a key mediator in the crisis [Charles Platiau/Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera Paris said it backs diplomatic efforts led by Kuwait, a key mediator in the crisis [Charles Platiau/Reuters]

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the lifting of a Saudi-led embargo on Qatar in effect since June.

Macron is calling for "the embargo measures affecting the people of Qatar, in particular families and students, to be lifted as quickly as possible," the president's office said in a statement on Friday after he met Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Macron "expressed his concern over the tensions that threaten regional stability, undermining the political resolution of crises and our collective fight against terrorism," the statement said.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, accusing Doha of supporting "extremism", cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5. The govenrment in Doha strongly denies the accusation.

Saudi Arabia and its supporters severed air and sea links with Qatar and Riyadh closed Qatar's only land border.

Demonstration in Paris

Protesters gathered in Paris on Friday to protest the visit, claiming that calling on Macron to put pressure on Qatar to stop its alleged financing of certain groups.

The Qatari emir met earlier on Friday in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said the crisis would be resolved only through quiet diplomacy.

"We spoke about the need for all the parties to sit at one table again as soon as possible," she said at a joint news conference with Al-Thani.

Both Paris and Berlin back diplomatic efforts led by Kuwait, a key mediator in the crisis along with the United States.

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