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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Qatari sheikh welcomed to his 'second home' by UAE's leaders

Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, was welcomed to his 'second home' by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

A Qatari sheikh who called for a radical overhaul of his country’s foreign policy has been welcomed in Abu Dhabi by the rulers and leaders of the UAE on Monday.

Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, was welcomed to his “second home” by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, according to a statement shared by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

“Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed received Sultan bin Suhaim Al Thani and welcome him to his second country, and reassured him of the fraternal and historical relations that gathers the two people and brothers,” the statement shared on Twitter read.

Sheikh Sultan and his accompanying delegation met with members of the country's ruling families during a majlis at Al Bahr Palace in the capital.

Sheikh Sultan has repeatedly called on the country's ruling family to do all it can to resolve the crisis with its neighbours and "purge our land" from any links to terrorist organisations.

Sheikh Sultan is one of at least three prominent Qatari figures to oppose the policies of the Emir, Sheikh Tamim, since the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties and air, road and sea transport links with Doha in June over its support of extremist and terrorist groups.

His assets were seized by the Doha government in October after he came out in support of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani’s call for a national meeting of Qataris to deal with the ongoing Qatar crisis.

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