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Tillerson Says Saudi Arabia Rebuffed Him on Ending Qatar Crisis

  • U.S. can’t force negotiations on parties, Tillerson says
  • Comments come as secretary of state travels to region
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Tillerson Rebuffed on Qatar Crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saudi Arabia’s leaders rebuffed his request in meetings Sunday to end the four-month isolation of Qatar.

Tillerson has taken the lead in seeking to end the dispute, which was sparked in June when a Saudi-led bloc of four countries imposed economic restrictions against Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism. He was in Saudi Arabia and Qatar this weekend as part of efforts to break the deadlock.