US envoy meets Saudi counterpart on Qatar crisis

Wed, 2017-07-12 03:00

DUBAI: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with his Saudi counterpart on as he looks to end a rift between Qatar and four Arab states.
His trip from Kuwait to the western Saudi city of Jeddah on Wednesday follows talks the previous day with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He has also held discussions with the ruler of Kuwait, who is mediating the dispute.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and cut air, sea and land routes with it more than a month ago, accusing it of supporting extremist groups. Qatar denies the allegation.
Tillerson met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on arrival in the Red Sea city. He is expected to meet with officials from the rest of the quartet later in the day before returning to Kuwait.

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