Qatar crisis: Arab states, US to work on better coordination, says Egypt

Qatar, Qatar map

Foreign ministers from the four Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar will hold talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Egypt said.

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry has been invited by his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to the talks in Jeddah, the foreign ministry in Cairo said on Tuesday.

“The meeting reflects the four countries’ desire to enhance coordination and underscore their unity on ways to deal with Qatar in the future,” the ministry said.

In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced the severing of all diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations the emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and had close ties with Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran.

Tillerson visited Qatar today for talks on the Gulf diplomatic crisis, after a stop in mediator Kuwait the previous day.

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