Rex W. Tillerson on Qatar

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We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade on Qatar. We're seeing shortages of food [in Qatar], families are being forcibly separated, and children pulled out of school - we believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this holy month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately.feedback

We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, . Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other.feedback

The blockade is hindering US military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS. Qatar has a history of supporting groups that have spanned the spectrum of political expression from activism to violence. The emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorists from his country, but he must do more and he must do it more quickly. There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade. We are seeing shortages of food. Families are being forcibly separated and children pulled out of school.feedback

Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other. We call on the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar.feedback

And I think every country in the region has their own obligations they need to live up to, and they have their own challenges to live up to that commitment to terminate support for terrorism, extremism, however it manifests itself anywhere in the world. And I would say that's true of all the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries; they have their own work to do in that regard.feedback

I think in terms of the president's message in Riyadh, remember, was to motivate all of the Arab and Muslim nations worldwide and the Arab Muslim summit that all nations needed to take action against extremism and take action to also terminate the support, financial support, in any ways that they can.feedback

I think what we're witnessing is a growing list of some irritants in the region that have been there for some time, and obviously they have now bubbled up to a level that some countries have decided they needed to take action in an effort to have those interests addressed. We'd certainly encourage those parties to sit down together and address these differences.feedback

If there is any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those (differences), we think it is important that the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) remain unified.feedback

He's not walking away from it. He's simply walking away from what he felt was an agreement that did not serve the American people well. In terms of addressing those concerns, this is how we address them: to travel to the region to meet with our counterparts and to talk about all the issues that are important to them, and to hear concerns they have about the administration and its position, relative to whether it be security issues, or economic and trade issues.feedback

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