After pointed criticism, Tillerson urges Gulf demands be sent to Qatar
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 12:47
Nauert explained that after two weeks with no public information on the allegations, Washington was left to question if the rift was the result of real concerns or historic grievances among the nations.
Nauert's statement appeared to differ from President Donald Trump's generally supportive comments regarding the embargo.
The Riyadh Agreement signed by six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries back in 2014 forms a good basis for resolving the dispute that erupted within the alliance, Russian State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky has said.
Trump had previously supported the anti-Qatar axis verbally, saying that his move to pressure Arab nations to confront terrorism was "paying off" as Gulf nations isolated Qatar. "Let's get this going".
And she called into question whether Qatar's alleged support for terrorism is the true cause of the crisis, or whether there is an underlying political dispute. "So we had a decision to make, do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action".
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Qatar's attorney general announced that some of the boycotting countries may have been involved in the online attack.
United States officials denied the statement marked a shift in their position, but it does mark a break with Trump's previous statements on the crisis, in which he appeared to take Saudi Arabia's side over Qatar's.
But the biggest USA air base in the Middle East is in Qatar, and U.S. diplomats are keen to de-escalate the crisis and unite the region in the battle against the Islamic State group.
After Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, Riyadh made clear it wanted nothing to do with its tiny Arab neighbor.
"Qatar has evidence that certain iPhones originating from countries laying siege to Qatar were used in the hack", said Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri.
And in Qatar, there is a USA military base housing more than 11,000 United States and coalition forces, from where more than 100 aircraft operate.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman ousted his nephew as crown prince and installed Mohammed, his son, as heir to the throne.
The US president has also accused Qatar of historically funding terrorism "at a very high level".