Gulf diplomatic crisis: US urges Qatar, neighbours to 'sit together' to 'help ease the tension'

Washington: The United States says some demands on Qatar by its West Asia neighbours "will be very difficult to meet."

But the US isn't rejecting the demands outright.

 Gulf diplomatic crisis: US urges Qatar, neighbours to sit together to help ease the tension

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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."

Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 07:05:09 IST