Senior GOP Senator Seeks 'path' For Resolving Qatar Crisis

Senior GOP Senator Seeks 'path' For Resolving Qatar Crisis

Senior GOP Senator Seeks 'path' For Resolving Qatar Crisis

Bob Corker, chair of the Senate foreign affairs committee, said: "I will withhold consent on future arms sales to [the Gulf Cooperation Council] until a path to resolve the dispute is established".

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, quoted by Al Jazeera, said: "The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was "reasonable and actionable".

A Saudi-led alliance severed diplomatic and transport links with Qatar three weeks ago, accusing their fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member of supporting terrorism and cozying up to Iran.

Seen by many as a move to limit the burgeoning global influence of Tehran following the Iran nuclear deal, Riyadh's new posturing includes an escalation of its ongoing war with the Houthi political faction in Yemen, and new attempts to bring neighboring states, including Qatar, under its wing.

Tillerson said in a statement on Sunday that several of the demands Saudi Arabia and the other countries have placed on Qatar "will be very hard to meet".

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He urged the countries to sit together to stop terrorism and counter extremism.

Tillerson said Sunday that a number of the demands on Qatar would be "very hard to meet", and urged the USA allies to resolve their dispute. The administration would be unlikely to ignore his resistance to the arms sales, and U.S. officials said they considered his statement part of a broader effort to solve the Qatar crisis.

They later sent a list of 13 demands to end the dispute including Qatar's closing of broadcaster Al Jazeera, the shutting down of a Turkish military base in the country and reduce ties with Iran.

Qatar's recent purchase of $15bn worth of F-15 fighter jets could also be affected, Bays said.

The crisis is adding uncertainty to a region fraught with instability and sectarian violence, and also comes as the Gulf Arab monarchies are trying to attract foreign investment to reduce their economies' dependency on oil exports.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday also denounced the demands of the Saudi-Emirati-led bloc as being "against worldwide law".

During Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Washington inked a massive, $110-billion arms deal with the kingdom.

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The Saudi alliance's cutting off of diplomatic and transport links with Qatar has split families, disrupted trade, and threatens to alter long-standing geopolitical alliances.

Qatar houses the largest USA airbase in the Middle East and the command headquarters for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and Tillerson has been engaged in seeking to resolve the row.

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has also voiced support for Qatar in its confrontation with the four states. The country's isolation is about "behavioral change" rather than regime change, he said at a press conference in Dubai.

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