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Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani smiles as he is welcomed upon arriving at Khartoum Airport for an official visit. Reuters file photo

Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Washington- Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Friday that Qatar is ready for dialogue to resolve a diplomatic crisis with the Arab quartet, but stressed that any solution to the crisis must respect Doha’s sovereignty.

“We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems. But any solution to the crisis must be based on two principles: first, the solution should be within the framework of respect for the sovereignty and will of each state. Secondly, it should not be in the form of orders by one party to another, but rather as mutual undertakings and joint commitments binding on all,” the Emir said in a televised address to the nation, his first since the crisis broke out on June 5.

“I do not underestimate the pain and suffering caused by the blockade on us. The time has come for us to spare the people from the political differences between the governments,” Al-Thani said.

Al-Thani said that his country was “subjected to an unprecedented campaign of incitement and siege”.

“Fabricating false reports are vile and heinous crimes and there were attempts to impose a guardianship system on us.”

He recognized during his speech that there were differences between Doha and the GCC on their foreign policies and that they “disagreed with others on the sources of terrorism”.

The statement follows his decree, which establishes two national lists for individuals and terrorist entities and sets out the requirements for being included in them.

The Emir said Qatar was “fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises, and the international community recognizes this.”

The changes to Qatar’s anti-terror legislation has been called “a step in the right direction” by the UAE.

“The Qatari decision to revise their law regarding the financing of terrorism is a step in the right direction towards addressing the terrorism blacklist of 59 entities. The pressure from the crisis has borne fruit,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash said on Twitter on Friday.

But Gargash, repeated his demands for Qatar to reorient its policies in order to ease the crisis with its Arab neighbors.

“It would be wiser for Qatar to totally change its political orientation,” he said.

The Anti-Terror Quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt decided to impose a diplomatic and economic boycott on Qatar over its history of supporting terrorism and extremist groups in the region.