By Reuters – Jul 12,2017 – JORDAN TIMES
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani (right) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sign a memorandum of understanding in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday (Reuters photo)
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended talks with ministers from Saudi Arabia and three Arab allies on Wednesday over how to end a month-long rift with Qatar but there was no immediate word of a breakthrough.
Tillerson, en route to mediating country Kuwait, had inked a US-Qatari accord on terrorism financing on Wednesday that Qatar’s opponents said fell short of allaying their concerns.
Any resolution of the impasse must address all the key issues for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, including Doha’s undermining of regional stability, a senior UAE official said ahead of the talks in Saudi Arabia.
The four countries slapped sanctions on Qatar on June 5, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with the Gulf Arab states’ archfoe Iran. Doha denies those accusations. The four states and Qatar are all US allies.
Tillerson met the foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah in pursuit of an end to the worst dispute in decades among the US-allied Gulf Arab states.
Tillerson also met separately with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to discuss cooperation in combating terrorism and its financing.