Gulf me­di­a­tion stalled

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EF­FORTS to re­solve the stand-off be­tween Qatar and a Saudi-led al­liance have reached an im­passe, ac­cord­ing to a Gulf of­fi­cial with di­rect knowl­edge of the mat­ter, amid signs the bloc wants to ex­tract more con­ces­sions from Doha.

Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt have yet to re­spond to pro­pos­als by the US and the UK that aimed to start di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions, the of­fi­cial said. While me­di­a­tion ef­forts are con­tin­u­ing, there are no fresh ideas at the mo­ment on how to break the im­passe, he said.

The four-na­tion bloc said Qatar was fall­ing short in its ef­forts to counter ter­ror­ism.

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