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Tillerson Skips Mexico Trip to Focus on Gulf Crisis Talks

  • The secretary of state has been meeting with Gulf allies
  • Skipped OAS meeting in Cancun to focus on feud isolating Qatar
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Qatar Crises Enters Third Week

Efforts to end a two-week-old crisis in the Persian Gulf shifted to the U.S., with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceling a trip to Mexico to try to end a Saudi-led coalition’s isolation of Qatar.

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the coalition, affirmed a need for a strong Western role in resolving the dispute, telling the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. that any agreement would have to be overseen by “Western allies.”