Tillerson Tells Arab States To Lift Qatar Blockade: "It's Hindering The Campaign Against ISIS"

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which includes UAE, Bahrain and Egypt and others, to lift its blockade of Qatar, saying that the cutoff is hindering the fight against the (Qatar-funded) Islamic State. Tillerson also said the blockade had led to food shortages and forced families to uproot themselves and pull their children from school.

“We believe there are unintended consequences, especially during this holy month of Ramadan but they can be addressed immediately,” Tillerson said.

The secretary of state said the Emir of Qatar has made progress in countering terrorism but needs to do more.  He added that after speaking to Gulf nations, he believes the countries involved in the dispute - all U.S. allies - are stronger together, and “the elements of a solution are available.” Even so, he said, Qatar must do more to combat extremism.

The Qatar crisis - the result of Saudi Arabia and its Atab allies severing diplomatic ties as well as land, sea and air travel with Qatar - has thrust the U.S. into a delicate position, because of its alliances with all sides, and because Qatar hosts the nerve center for U.S. air operations in the Middle East, including the fight against Islamic State. Making this more awkward is the widespread knowledge that both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the biggest sponsors of terrorism in the region.

Separately Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said that sanctions imposed upon his country violate international law, calling the moves by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations an "unjust siege."

speaking in the German town of Wolfenbuettel on Friday alongside German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said that his nation's hope was for diplomacy and dialogue.

He asked: "What crime did Qatar commit to deserve such a punishment that violates international law?"

Well, funding and supporting terrorism for once.

Gabriel said it was important to prevent any "further escalation" and that Germany was willing to help with any negotiations, noting that other diplomatic efforts were already being made by the U.S., Kuwait and others, and that he was "optimistic" they would be able to organize talks.

Comments

TheGardener Winston Churchill Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

I was born and raised in protestant land and then had to endure 15 years under pure catholics.I swear I had nothing in common with those folks, I ran my businesses totally unconnected with  their localaffairs and we had zero common ground except they knew they better leave me alone. If you were to challenge me theocratically and I would be inclined to think hard about  it I would reject thisanything goes protestant pseudo religion and vote for the true faith of catholics of old.To top it all , I really do despise atheism, while Nietzsche succesfully talked me out of god.Chose your divide wisely, I see nothing wrong with Nietzsches observation that man must have been in a most deplorable stateback in the day if in need of religion.  

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Vageling TheGardener Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:56 Permalink

Heh :)Same here. Born and raised protestant. Yup, Christians hate us. Doesn't matter. The moment I grew adult I threw all that bullshit out of the window. Much changed... Accept the loathing I have for Christians never will fade. And they know to leave me alone.Broke off a relation with the (not born and raised Christian, but turned to it after fucking her life up) because the naïve twat started sucking Islam dick. Fuck her.You're not the only one ;)Besides... I love logic and science more than some fairytale figure.

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knukles emersonreturn Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:23 Permalink

Middle Eastern Food.  (First hand as I used to do a lot of biz over there)You take a flat round piece of bread, mottled looking colorations.  Add to it some kinda mushy brown/green mixture of presumably vegetable matter dumped over some shreds of presumably non pre masticated meat, garnished with some sprinkles of red or yellow whatevers.What you have staring at you looks frighteningly similar to the times I changed my kids diapers.

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HalinCA ClickNLook Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:01 Permalink

It is very suspicious ...  who thinks the KSA royals are joing to jettison their connection to the Wahhabis that put them into power in the first place?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WahhabismThe House of Saud continued to maintain its politico-religious alliance with the Wahhabi sect through the waxing and waning of its own political fortunes over the next 150 years, through to its eventual proclamation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, and then afterwards, on into modern times. Today Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab's teachings are the official, state-sponsored form of Sunni Islam[3][21] in Saudi Arabia.

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emersonreturn ClickNLook Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:03 Permalink

that's an interesting thought, & it appears qatar is seriously considering doing just that...SA i think will have a much harder task disentangling itself from mossad cia mi6, & imho i think the clown prince really covets his neighbour's offshore resources.  it's also probable that usrael imagines taking qatar's then the next obvious move is to help themselves to iran's.  israel gets a much bigger better land grab & for a time may actually allow the SAs to believe some of it is theirs.  we shall see.

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mary mary Jacksons Ghost Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:01 Permalink

Doomsday Weapon: just put one tiny nuclear charge next to your stack of gold, and then when Tony Blair and George Soros show up to confiscate it in the name of Truth, Peace, and the Holocaust, it's all radioactive, and they change their minds and fly back to the Riviera.  Actually, tell them about your Doomsday Weapon right now, and then they will never bother to attack you in the first place.

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Jacksons Ghost Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

This was just so Donald could look like he was doing something about the financers of ISIS.  We still control ISIS(thru SA, Gulf States) and the flow of weapons to them.  They are our proxy army.  Nothing changed.

Blankone Jacksons Ghost Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:50 Permalink

The US knew about the blockade before it was announced. If the US really wanted it lifted it would never have been put in place. Maybe nothing much will happen and this was only to send a message or warning - or maybe something will happen if Qatar does not comply.

No way do the Saudi's block Qatar without running it by the US first, especially considering the US base there.

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ThirdWorldNut Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:07 Permalink

Unrelated, but worth sharing. In UK a research study has confirmed that children born from inbreds are significantly more likely to have 'appalling' disabilities and have much higher mortality rate. NHS is now planning to run a campaign to dicourage people from marrying within their family. Not to mention the effects being inbred has on one's IQ etc.No points for guessing which community is prime suspect. 

ThirdWorldNut knukles Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:11 Permalink

Totally agree with you knuckles. But how else do you suggest we convince the so called 'center', the centre that thinks all cultures are great. In my experience, to counter liberals you need to speak their language and using expert opnion as evidence helps. So such studies aren't entirely worthless.

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mary mary Benito_Camela Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:49 Permalink

Speak for yourself.I don't mind multi-culturalism, but I do mind immigrants flooding into my country when unemployment is already out of control.  Especially, immigrants whose cultures' "values" include pumping out a lot more babies, treating women like cattle, and going on the dole.  Also, immigrants whose cultures' "values" include getting control of the host nations' money-supply so as to use that control to steal everything.

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ThirdWorldNut Benito_Camela Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:08 Permalink

How do you go from shouldn't marry your cousin to must marry different race? Quite a leap of imagination, isn't it? Especially given that you and I have never interacted before, so odds of you knowing what I stand for are fairly bleak.'That would help with the issues you're talking about (off topic).'>> Shooting onself in the head would also help not producing inbreds, doesnt mean I support that everyone kill themselves. Though I wouldn't mind if trolls wanted to blow their own head out. ;-)Surely higher standards are expected of someone who has been around ZH for 2+ years. Unless you are posting from a bar on a friday evening or its just that time of the month. Dont rule out the second possibility even if you are a male, google is now putting sanitary pads in men's room for 'men who have periods'. 

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