Gulf diplomatic crisis: US says some demands on Qatar 'difficult to meet'

Washington: The United States says some demands on Qatar by its neighbors "will be very difficult to meet." But the US isn't rejecting the demands outright.

 Gulf diplomatic crisis: US says some demands on Qatar difficult to meet

File image of Rex Tillerson. AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in a statement that a list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates includes major areas that "provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution."

He's calling for Qatar and the other Arab countries to "sit together" to work through the list.

Tillerson is also calling for a "lowering of rhetoric" to "help ease the tension." He says the US is supporting Kuwait's efforts to mediate.

The demands include shuttering Al-Jazeera and severing ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Tillerson had previously insisted any demands be "reasonable and actionable."

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Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 21:16:25 IST