US urges Qatar, neighbors to 'sit together' to ease tension

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged a diplomatic solution to tensions between Qatar and Bahrain Egypt Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

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Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has refused to pull out his country's troops from Qatar and deemed the GCC's demands "against global law".

"Demanding that Turkey pull its soldiers is unfortunately also disrespectful toward Turkey", he said.

"Some of them will be hard for Qatar to incorporate and to try to adhere to", she said.

As reported by the BBC, Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for more than two weeks, with Iran and Turkey increasingly supplying it with food and other goods. Erdogan said he made a similar offer to Saudi Arabia to set up a base there in the past but did not hear back from the king.

Zarif argued for a new regional dialogue forum for the Gulf countries and called for an end to the armaments spiral in the region, which he said influenced some western countries' relations with states in the region.

Middle East Institute scholar Zubair Iqbal says there is a possibility for Qatar to meet some of the demands.

Trump seemed to endorse moves to isolate Qatar, just hours after Tillerson said the embargo was hampering U.S. military efforts against ISIS. Iran is a bitter rival of the other Gulf states.

"The siege of Qatar is unacceptable to us..." It would also be required to undergo monthly checks to ensure it is complying.

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Tillerson said Sunday that a number of the demands on Qatar would be "very hard to meet", and urged the United States allies to resolve their dispute.

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The top USA diplomat said that "each country involved has something to contribute to that effort".

Tillerson also urged all sides to "lower" their rhetoric to ease tensions, and said that the USA would stay in "close contact" with all parties and support Kuwait in its mediation efforts.

Senator Bob Corker said the nations of Gulf Cooperation Council had failed to take advantage of a summit with President Trump in May to overcome their differences and had "instead chosen to devolve into conflict".

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, quoted by Al Jazeera, said: "The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was "reasonable and actionable".

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt ended diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this month, and enforced a blockade on Doha from land, sea and air.

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