You made peace with Israel, now try Qatar, Pompeo urges Gulf

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expressing hope that Gulf countries will build their rapprochement with Israel also to end their three-year blockade of Iran-backed Qatar.

“To keep our focus on this work and to close the door to increased Iranian meddling, it’s past time to find a solution to the Gulf rift,” Pompeo says. “The Trump administration is eager to see this dispute resolved and to open Qatar’s air and land borders currently blocked by other Gulf states. I look forward to progress on this issue.”

Pompeo makes the comments at the opening of the US-Qatar strategic dialogue at the State Department also attended by Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and their Qatari counterparts.

— AP

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