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Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jacksonz

New York- Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani renewed on Tuesday a call for “unconditional dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty” to end his country’s crisis. Yet he ignored the main reasons behind the crisis during his speech at the UN General Assembly.

He said that Qatar News Agency QNA was hacked for political purposes, which were followed by political dictations that have an impact on sovereignty. “I stand here while my country and my people are subjected to a continuing and unjust blockade imposed by neighboring countries,” added Sheikh Tamim.

Sheikh Tamim also expressed appreciation for the mediation of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah as well as other states that upheld this mediation.

Qatar’s emir stressed his country is fighting terrorism, a matter that is noticeable by the international community, calling for a constructive dialogue among the GCC countries and Iran on the basis of common interests.

US President Donald Trump and Sheikh Tamim later held a meeting during which the emir requested his intervention, while Trump expected a solution to the crisis soon.