United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in an attempt to end the crisis.
Al Thani reiterated Qatar’s continued commitment to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve the dispute. He also briefed the US diplomat on the latest developments of the Gulf crisis and the Kuwaiti mediation efforts to resolve the issue.
During the meeting, the two officials also discussed the strategic relations between the two countries and ways of boosting and developing them in various fields, along with the international efforts to fight against the ISIS terror group, besides the latest developments in the region, especially in Syria, Iraq and Palestine.
Al-Thani said that convening a summit of the GCC will be a good opportunity for a civilized and diplomatic dialogue between the two disputing parties.
In a joint news conference with his Qatari counterpart, Tillerson said he is not hopeful about Saudi Arabia willingness to begin direct talks to resolve a months-long diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. “In my meetings with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, I asked him to engage in dialogue, but there is not a strong indication that parties are ready to talk yet. We cannot force talks upon people who are not ready to talk,” A daily quoted Tillerson, as saying while referring to his earlier discussions in Riyadh.
“It’s very important for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to continue to pursue unity,” he added. Tillerson’s visit to Qatar comes after his visit to Saudi Arabia.