Qatari FM says Gulf stand­off can­not be re­solved in a day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.

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