Tillerson in Near East

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 - 19:21

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said while on a visit to Qatar that the Gulf nation has been "quite clear" and "reasonable" in its stance amid an ongoing diplomatic standoff with a Saudi-led bloc of Arab states that accuse the country of supporting terrorism.

The visit coincides with the publication on Monday of a previously secret 2013 accord between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates said the accord shows that Qatar violated its pledge to not interfere in the internal affairs of other Gulf nations. Qatar has denied charges that it supports extremist groups and rejected the bloc's demands that it downgrade relations with Iran, shutter the Al Jazeera media network, and close a Turkish military base in the country.

Tillerson is also expected to travel to Saudi Arabia on the trip.