Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tillerson to meet Qatari counterpart in Washington

Tillerson to meet Qatari counterpart in Washington

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement Sunday describing some elements of this list as "very hard for Qatar to meet", but he added that there are still "significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to resolution".

Tillerson said on Sunday that Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed the boycott on their tiny but wealthy neighbor should sit down together to try to reach a resolution.

The Arab countries cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. "We agree with Washington that the demands should be rational".

As a measure to lower the terrorist threat, Qatar is expected to stop naturalization of citizens from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrein and Egypt, as well as to give out all the criminals, those countries are searching for. They speak frequently on foreign policy issues.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has voiced support for Qatar in its confrontation with the four states.

Sheikh Saif Al Thani, director of Qatar's government communications office, said the list of demands falls short of Tillerson's "reasonable and actionable" test and were instead an effort to limit the country's sovereignty.

Officials have said the Saudi demands don't meet the criteria set out by the US and United Kingdom governments for reasonable and realistic measures.

111 terminally ill end lives under new California law
OR was the first state to enact "right-to-die" legislation in 1997, according to the Associated Press. However, only 111 people of the 191 had actually taken the pills by the end of the reporting period.

"A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension", Tillerson said. The administration would be unlikely to ignore his resistance to the arms sales, and U.S. officials said they considered his statement part of a broader effort to solve the Qatar crisis.

Qatar said Saturday said that it was reviewing the list of demands, but underlined that it was only doing so "out of respect for our brothers in Kuwait", who delivered the ultimatum. "If Qatar wants to come back into the [Gulf Cooperation Council] fold they know what they have to do".

He said Turkey would continue to support Qatar against the many sanctions it has faced since several Arab countries moved earlier this month to isolate the country for its alleged support of terrorism.

"Our demands on Qatar are non-negotiable".

The United States though has cautioned that some of the demands would be hard for Qatar to accept, asking the Saudis for a clear list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable".

The U.S. says some of the demands by four Arab countries as conditions to lift the sanctions over Qatar would be hard for Doha to meet.

Like this: