Qatar's emir arrives in Malaysia in a state visit

Qatar's emir arrives in Malaysia in a state visit
Mon Oct 16, 2017 08:09:47

Malaysia has rolled out the red carpet for Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, amid diplomatic crisis erupted in June between his nation and four Arab countries.

(AP) -- Sheikh Tamim, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur late Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute at a state welcoming ceremony early Monday in Parliament.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5 due to its close ties with Iran and support for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha.

The emir's trip to Malaysia comes eight months after the visit of Saudi Arabia's King Salman. Malaysia, who is close to both countries, has called for the crisis to be resolved amicably.

(Photo: AP)

string(327) "[{"id":"3062876","sort":"8959091","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"150694120429451800.jpg","title":"Iran's Zarif to visit Qatar amid Gulf crisis "} ,{"id":"1932791","sort":"8959096","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2017/03/03/alalam_636241466524481038_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Foreign Ministry Slams Anti-Iran Saudi-Malaysia Statement"} ]"