“I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable,” Tillerson said after his arrival in Doha on Tuesday.
While, the Saudi led group accuse Qatar of funding ‘terrorism’, Qatar has dismissed the claim and called ‘baseless’.
Tillerson will be meeting the emir and foreign minister during his visit to the gulf to help seek a resolution to the crisis. The visit to Qatar comes after the meeting with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
“We are trying to resolve an issue that concerns not just us but the whole world,” Sheikh Sabah told Tillerson.
However, the officials pointed out that it might take months to resolve the issue and immediate breakthrough should not be expected.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar to resolve the crisis, which was refused by Qatar and stated that the demands were made to be rejected.
Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Kuwait City, said Tillerson was basically visiting each side to “take the temperature in this dispute”.
“After some initial missteps from the White House, in which the president seemed to take sides with the Saudis and their allegations, the US’ position now is to try to shore up the Kuwait efforts to mediate the crisis and to try to bring some presure from Washington, if it’s appropiate,” she said.
Senior Tillerson adviser RC Hammond noted that the package of demands was not viable, however there were individual items on the list ‘that could work’.
Hammond refused to comment on the demands that could be met by Qatar, but said that concessions from other would be required.
“This is a two-way street,” he said of a dispute among parties who each have been accused of funding “extremists” in some way. “There are no clean hands.”