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QATAR, GULF CRISIS: US calls for talks to end diplomatic row

QATAR, GULF CRISIS: US calls for talks to end diplomatic row

World leaders have continued to wade into the diplomatic row between Qatar and other Gulf of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia with the latest being US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson who has called for talks to end the crisis.

Tillerson has urged Arab states to ‘sit down together’ to try to reach resolution while also noting that the list of demands on Qatar that have imposed a blockade against it “will be very difficult to meet”.

The US Secretary of State said in a statement that the list submitted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt includes “significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution”.

“A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation,” said Tillerson, confirming that Qatar has begun the review of the demands issued by the Saudi-led bloc of countries amid the worst crisis in the Gulf in decades,” he said.

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Continuing, Tillerson added that; “We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism.”

Yesterday, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the list of demands placed before Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies, over a lingering diplomatic row which is threatening to boil over.

Describing the demands as “against international law”, Erdogan welcomed Qatar’s stand on the list of demands which Doha has rejected and said the measures are “unjustified”.

 

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