US SECRETARY of State Rex Tillerson flew to the Gulf yesterday in an attempt to end a deadlock between Qatar and its Arab neighbours.
Mr Tillerson is looking for new ways to resolve the stalemate after Qatar rejected a list of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt laid out as conditions for ending their sanctions.
US officials played down expectations yesterday that he might produce a breakthrough, saying that this could be more than a month away.
“We’ve had one round of exchanges and dialogue and didn’t advance the ball,” said senior adviser RC Hammond.
“We will work with Kuwait and see if we can hash out a different strategy.”
The demands issued in return for lifting the blockade on Qatar included closing down its Al Jazeera news agency and Turkish military base.