The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Monday said that Saudi Arabia is not ready to talk to Doha to end the diplomatic crisis which started on June 5.
Mr. Tillerson made the remarks during his ongoing visit to Qatar, where he held a joint news conference with Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Al-Thani.
“Qatar is committed to the Gulf Cooperation Council system, al-Thani said, adding that the country is also willing to push for a dialogue in resolving the dispute.
Mr. Tillerson’s visit to Qatar followed a stop in Saudi Arabia, where he attempted to resolve the gulf dispute.
Commenting on his Saudi visit, Mr. Tillerson said that Saudi Arabia is not ready to talk to Doha and his mediation bid received no positive response by Riyadh.
“In my meetings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, I asked him to please engage in dialogue, but there is not a strong indication that parties are ready to talk yet,” Mr. Tillerson said.
The U.S. official, who also met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, expressed concern about the effect of the crisis on the region’s security and stability.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and cozying up to Iran.
Qatar categorically denied the allegations.
Qatar is home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, where over 11,000 soldiers are stationed.