Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tillerson leaves Gulf after making proposals to end Qatar crisis

Tillerson leaves Gulf after making proposals to end Qatar crisis

Saudi Arabia also sealed Qatar's only land border, impacting a key source of food imports in the mostly desert nation.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Saturday called on Arab countries to make efforts to reduce tension in the region, noting that the current diplomatic crisis with Qatar benefited nobody.

"France should be a facilitator in the mediation" led by Kuwait, Le Drian told reporters.

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The Arab bloc cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting "extremism and terrorism", an allegation which Qatar denied. Other demands include shutting down Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network, cubring ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in Qatar.

The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a "base of terrorism".

Despite the blockade by the four Arab countries, life has not been impacted significantly in Qatar.

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday said the Qatar crisis, which pits the Arab quartet and Qatar, would not end soon. "In light of that, nothing will change and we must look to a different mode in relations", he added.

On a possible exclusion of Qatar from the six member states forming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE minister pointed out that "Although we may lose the confused and awkward neighbour. we gain clarity and transparency".

Qatar and the US signed a deal to combat the financing terrorism, during a visit to Doha by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, a move that comes as the Gulf crisis continues in the region. All three are considered allies of many Western nations. After the meeting, Qatar said a united front is required.

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