Gulf mediation stalled
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.