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DIPLOMATIC ROW: US, Russia call for dialogue between Qatar and Gulf of Arab states

DIPLOMATIC ROW: US, Russia call for dialogue between Qatar and Gulf of Arab states

The ongoing diplomatic row between Qatar and other Gulf of Arab states has been condemned by world leaders with the US and Russia calling for dialogue while also offering to mediate in the matter.

US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have both offered to mediate between Gulf Arab states and Qatar over a festering diplomatic row which has seen a blockade on Doha for the seventh day.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the two leaders spoke on the phone and “discussed the consequences of the decision by a number of Arab countries to break diplomatic ties with Qatar.”

“Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson pointed to the need of resolving disagreements through negotiations and expressed their willingness to contribute to such efforts,” the ministry said in a statement.

It noted that the two top diplomats “agreed to continue contacts on other international problems, including the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and the Ukrainian crisis.”

 

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