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Tillerson Warns Of Serious Consequences Of Qatar Blockade

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The ongoing crisis against Qatar by four Arab states could lead to a serious negative impact on the region, the US Secretary of State warned.

Tillerson made the comments in Geneva and said that the current crisis is the worst the region has experienced since the formation of the GCC in 1981.

“The United States remains troubled and concerned about the far-reaching consequences of the Gulf dispute,” he said.

“Our message is clear: The GCC is strongest when it is united,”

“We will continue our efforts to open lines of communication to pursue that unity, and as President Trump has said, we remain ready to assist with any mediation efforts,” he added.

Tillerson blamed the Saudi-led bloc for the lack of desire to resolve the crisis.

“There seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to engage,” he said, adding: “It’s up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because Qatar has been very clear – they’re ready to engage.”

Kuwait has been trying to mediate between the two disputing parties since the crisis broke out, but has not been able to bring them together for negotiations.

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