Friday, July 21, 2017

Tillerson Pushes Saudi Cabal to Lift Qatar Sanctions

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has tried to push Qatar’s Gulf neighbours back to the negotiating table, saying it was time for them to take some positive action by lifting their economic blockade on the oil-rich state.

Sure, Rex. But whose hand was it on the orb? Not yours.
Tillerson said Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar were having a negative effect on the Qatari people.
Um. I believe that's the whole point.
His remarks represent the clearest reproach to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain since the dispute began in June.


The UAE this week said it expected a prolonged stalemate in the dispute and gave no hint it would be willing to left the blockade to allow talks to start.

On the other hand, Qatar doesn't seem to be flummoxed by the sanctions. They're shipping in provisions and building storage space for a years-long seige.

They have money. And something that rhymes with spoil.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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