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Saudi Foreign Minister Sees Path Toward Ending Rift With Qatar

  • ‘There is a path toward’ a solution, Prince Faisal said
  • Diplomat came to Washington to meet with Secretary Pompeo
Mike Pompeo, right, with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Washington, DC. on Oct. 14.
Mike Pompeo, right, with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Washington, DC. on Oct. 14.Photographer:Manuel Balce Ceneta/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister signaled progress may be underway toward resolving the three-year-old rift with its neighbor Qatar, following a meeting in Washington with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

“We continue to be willing to engage with our Qatari brothers, and we hope that they are as committed to that engagement,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in a virtual discussion hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on Thursday. “But we do need to address the legitimate security concerns of the quartet, and I think there is a path toward that” with a solution “in the relatively near future.”