US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman  al-Thani (2nd R) in Doha, Qatar on July 11.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman  al-Thani (2nd R) in Doha, Qatar on July 11.

Tillerson: Qatari Position in Arab Row ‘Reasonable’

Tillerson: Qatari Position in Arab Row ‘Reasonable’

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Doha that the Qatari government had “reasonable” views in the month-old diplomatic crisis with Arab neighbors.
“I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable,” Tillerson said after his arrival in Doha on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported.
The quartet accuses Qatar of funding “terrorism”, an accusation Qatar rejects as “baseless”.
Tillerson is holding talks with Qatar’s emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Persian Gulf to help seek a resolution to the crisis.
The US State Department said Tillerson would first meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, before holding talks with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
The visit to Doha follows a meeting with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and other senior Kuwaiti officials on Monday.
“We are trying to resolve an issue that concerns not just us but the whole world,” Sheikh Sabah told Tillerson.
US officials said Tillerson does not expect an immediate breakthrough, which they warned could be months away.
Rather, they said, he wants to explore possibilities for sparking negotiations.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the country.
On June 22, they issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions.
Doha rejected the demands and the countries now consider the list “null and void”.
Kuwait is still trying to mediate the dispute.
The US has been supporting Kuwait’s mediation efforts, but Tillerson’s trip marks a new level of US involvement.

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