U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson made a special statement on the situation around Qatar. It encouraged Qatar to listen to the concerns of the neighbors about the fight against extremism. At the same time, the United States urged Gulf countries to ease the blockade of Qatar, as a hindrance to the fight against ISIS (banned in Russia).
Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. expects all parties to “calm and thoughtful dialogue,” and the responsibility for strengthening relationships. According to him, the US urged not to allow escalation in the region, and Qatar – “a responsible approach to the concerns of its neighbours.”
As RIA “Novosti” Tillerson also expressed hope that the summit of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf will create the necessary platform to reach understanding, and that those countries “will take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.“
However, he noted that Qatar has a history, when supported by some groups who were not only political activity but also violence.
“The Emir of Qatar has made progress in ending the financial assistance and extradition of terrorist elements from the country, but it needs to do more and do it faster,” – said Tillerson.
But other countries in the region, reads the statement of the US Secretary of state, shall cease assistance to organizations on their territory, seen in the violence.
Tillerson reminded that during the recent negotiations, said many leaders of the region that they will be stronger when are together. “From these talks it became clear to me that the elements of the solution possible,” said Tillerson, adding that the cooperation Council of the Gulf States need to show unity in determination to fight against terrorism.
U.S. Secretary of state in his speech urged the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade of Qatar. He said that the blockade hinders business activity the US and other countries in the region, and also prevents “to US military action in the region and campaign against ISIS”.
Tillerson reminded about the humanitarian consequences of the blockade, when she observed the lack of food, children not going to school, and families were forcibly separated.
“We believe this to be unintended consequences, especially in this Holy month of Ramadan, they can respond immediately,” he said.