U.S. looks to ease Gulf cri­sis with Qatar deal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son sealed a deal Tues­day to in­ten­sify Qatar’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts, tack­ling a cen­tral is­sue in the spat pit­ting the be­sieged Gulf na­tion against four other Amer­i­can al­lies lined up against it.

Tiller­son out­lined the agree­ment at the end of his first visit to Qatar since its neigh­bours moved to iso­late it over griev­ances, in­clud­ing what they al­lege is its sup­port for ex­trem­ist groups.

It was his sec­ond stop on a shut­tle-diplo­macy cir­cuit that will take him next to Saudi Ara­bia, which has shut Qatar’s only land bor­der and is the most pow­er­ful of the coun­tries op­pos­ing it.

The cen­ter­piece of the visit was the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing that lays out steps Qatar can take to bol­ster its fight against ter­ror­ism and ad­dress short­falls in polic­ing ter­ror­ism fund­ing.

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