THE dispute between Qatar and its neighbours took another twist yesterday as the Gulf state made a counterterrorism deal with the US.
Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani signed the memorandum of understanding with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who flew into Doha that morning.
Mr Tillerson’s senior adviser RC Hammond said the deal outlines future efforts the country can take to “fortify its fight against terrorism and actively address terrorism funding issues.”
Last month Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar over alleged support for terrorist groups and friendly relations with Riyadh’s rival Iran.
They issued a 13-point ultimatum of demands — including closing Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera.