US: It ‘Will be very difficult’ for Qatar to meet Arab Neighbors’ demands

The United States says, some demands on Qatar by its Mideast neighbors will be very difficult to meet.

In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it will be very difficult for Qatar to meet some of the demands that Saudi Arabia and three of its allies are making and urged that they negotiate an end to the Persian Gulf diplomatic standoff.

He said there are significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to resolution and each country involved has something to contribute to that effort. The top US diplomat said a lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension. However, he did not say on what issues he thought Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Saudis could reach agreement with Doha.

The four Arab governments, which severed diplomatic links with Qatar more than two weeks ago on grounds that it was fomenting terrorism in the region, delivered their demands to Qatar last week through mediator Kuwait.

Among other items, the four countries demanded that Qatar shut down the Al-Jazeera television network, long a source of conflict between Qatar and its neighbors. Qatar rejected the demands and said it is unreasonable and impinging on its sovereignty.

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