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

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

PTI June 26, 2017 07:05:09 IST
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."

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