Qatar signs counterterror deal as US looks to defuse Gulf row

By AFP – Jul 11,2017 – JORDAN TIMES

 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speak during a press conference in Doha on Tuesday (AFP photo)

 

DOHA — Qatar and the United States signed a deal Tuesday on combatting “terrorism” as visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pursued efforts to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

In Qatar as part of a series of Gulf meetings, Tillerson also said Doha had been “reasonable” in the dispute, which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with the emirate over accusations it supports extremism.

Tillerson is spending much of this week in the Gulf seeking to mediate in the rift among crucial US allies, and will meet foreign ministers of the four countries isolating Qatar in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Wednesday.

After talks with senior officials in Doha on Tuesday, Tillerson and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani announced the deal targeting extremist financing.

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