Sit down and reach a so­lu­tion, says Tiller­son

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US SEC­RE­TARY of State Rex Tiller­son said yes­ter­day that Qatar and the four Arab states that im­posed a boy­cott on their tiny but wealthy neigh­bour should sit down to­gether in or­der to try to reach a res­o­lu­tion. “A pro­duc­tive next step would be for each of the coun­tries to sit down to­gether and con­tinue this con­ver­sa­tion,” Tiller­son said. “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.” Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emi­rates have sent a 13-point list of de­mands ap­par­ently aimed at dis­man­tling Qatar’s two-decade-old in­ter­ven­tion­ist for­eign pol­icy which has in­censed them. Kuwait is help­ing me­di­ate the dis­pute. “A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the ten­sion,” Tiller­son said, adding that the US will re­main in close con­tact with all the coun­tries in­volved. – Reuters

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