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Tillerson Assures Mediation Efforts Despite Lack Of Interest From Saudi

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has stated that Saudi leaders have ignored his request for meetings to end the crisis and said that US can’t force negotiations on parties. Tillerson is in the Gulf in a bid to end the crisis that began in June.

“I did in my meetings with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ask him please engage in dialogue,” Tillerson said at a briefing in Doha alongside Qatar’s foreign minister. “There is not a strong indication that the parties are ready to talk yet. So we cannot force talks upon people who aren’t ready to talk.”

He added that the Saudi bloc was responsible for the continuation of the crisis as they have refused to hold talks with Qatar.

In September, President Donald Trump said he would be willing to serve as a mediator “right here in the White House” if the issue wasn’t solved soon. Asked why such an invitation hadn’t been extended yet, Tillerson said there was no point.

“There has been no invitation to the White House because it’s not clear the parties are ready to engage,” Tillerson said. “But we’re going to continue to work toward that dialogue and toward that engagement.”



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