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Qatar emir holds talks on Gaza in surprise Saudi visit
Published Wednesday 23/07/2014 (updated) 24/07/2014 11:47
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Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani in Paris, on June 24,
2014 (Pool/AFP/File Etienne Laurent)
JEDDAH (AFP) -- The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, made a surprise visit Tuesday to Saudi Arabia where he discussed developments in strife-torn Gaza with King Abdullah, state media said.

The two leaders "discussed cooperation between the two countries, in addition to developments ... topped by the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories," SPA state news agency said.

The visit comes amid intensifying efforts to end 15 days of violence between the Israeli army and militants in the Gaza Strip, which is largely controlled by the Palestinian movement Hamas.

Relations between Doha and Riyadh remain tense after sinking to a new low in March when Saudi Arabia pulled its envoy from Qatar, along with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

They accused Doha of meddling in their affairs.

Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the army in July 2013, has infuriated the Gulf states that fully backed the then military-installed government.

Egypt has proposed a ceasefire in Gaza followed by indirect talks.

But Hamas has said it would not accept the Egyptian proposal, insisting instead on firm commitments first to end Israel's eight-year blockade of the coastal enclave.

Hamas has also sought a role for Turkey and Doha in the efforts to reach a truce.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon stopped in Doha on Monday as he began a regional tour to push for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Mel / USA
23/07/2014 14:35
"Strife-torn"?? Ugh,excuse me Tamim,but is that some local Qatari phrase for extermination or genocide?? I mean don't be TOO polite here. The Wahhabi-oil-wobblies in Riyadh care more about protecting ZIONISM in ISRAEL &The Occupied Palestinian(PLURALISTIC)Territories than even protecting Jerusalem(3rd holiest site in Islam)or Bethlehem(1st holiest site in Christianity)shared occasionally by Israeli-Jews who really care about anyone else but Jews! Tamim,RU speaking for US military BASES?

2 ) David / USA
23/07/2014 15:26
This guy is a war criminal for supporting the MB and Hamas. He should be arrested and Qatar's bank accounts frozen. He's a disgrace to humanity.

3 ) Levi / USA
23/07/2014 16:51
Why isn't Qatar offering Gazans to take a substantial number of them in, give them work, help them with living conitions, and help them assimilate into the Qatari society, istead of continually funding Hamas terrorism and aggravate its Arab neighbors?

4 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
23/07/2014 17:24
Not even that Mel, they also hate Jews who are against the occupation or zionism.

5 ) palestinian / usa
23/07/2014 18:20
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are zionist countries. They all work 100% for criminal israeli interests, NOT the interests of the arab people.

6 ) wasif / maldives
23/07/2014 22:00
Saudi kings are puppets of USA this is the truth
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