Qatari FM says Gulf standoff cannot be resolved in a day
ANKARA, Turkey — Qatar’s foreign minister said Friday it would be unfair to describe U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s shuttle diplomacy to find a solution for a major Persian Gulf feud as a failure, insisting that the crisis “cannot be solved in a day.” During a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also told reporters in Ankara that Qatar would continue to work with the United States and Kuwait to end the standoff with its four Arab neighbours. Tillerson concluded his mediation efforts on Thursday, making no promise of an imminent breakthrough but voicing optimism that Qatar and its neighbours might soon be willing to talk face to face. “There is no criterion or evidence that indicates that (Tillerson’s visit) was a failure,” al-Thani said. “We cannot expect such a tense crisis to be solved in a day.”
The Qatari minister again denied accusations that his nation provided support to terror groups, accusing the four of failing to provide “single evidence” against his gas-rich nation.