Qatar says its foreign minister has spoken to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The energy-rich country’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement today. It said Tillerson and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing them as well as the situation and the latest developments” in a crisis between it and Arab countries.
US President Donald Trump’s administration has suggested Tillerson, who as Exxon Mobil’s CEO had business with Qatar, as a possible mediator for the dispute.
That comes after Trump, who tweeted Tuesday about Qatar funding extremists, called Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday and offered to host leaders at the White House to resolve the crisis.
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Sheikh Mohammed told The Associated Press yesterday that Sheikh Tamim “is not going to leave the country while the country is in blockade,” in effect turning down the mediation offer.