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Tillerson to meet Qatari counterpart in Washington

Tue, Jun. 27, 2017
WASHINGTON - 27 June 2017: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his Qatari counterpart Tuesday in Washington.

Tillerson's meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani at the State Department also comes days after Doha dismissed a list of demands from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The ultimatum demands that Qatar comply with 13 points in return for an end to a three-week-old diplomatic turmoil.

The four Arab governments announced earlier this month they were suspending all ties with Qatar, accusing it of support for extremist groups.

Tillerson has urged a diplomatic solution, and Washington has been pushing for a clear list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable."

In addition to cutting diplomatic ties, Qatar's neighbors closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked its only land border, vital for food imports.

Qatar is home to the largest US base in the region, Al-Udeid, and Bahrain is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.
 
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