Tillerson to discuss crisis over Qatar in Kuwait

 Tillerson to discuss crisis over Qatar in Kuwait

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait on July 10 to seek a resolution to the ongoing impasse over Qatar.

The State Department said in a brief statement Thursday evening that Tillerson will make the trip on Monday at the invitation of the emir of Kuwait.

Tillerson will meet with Kuwaiti officials who have been trying to mediate between the disputing nations.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar early June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

After more than two weeks, the Saudi-led bloc gave Qatar a 10 days to comply with 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al-Jazeera Media Network, closing a Turkish military base and scaling down ties with Iran.

Arab nations involved in the boycott of Qatar say its refusal of their demands is proof of its links to terrorist groups, and they are planning political, economic and legal steps. Qatar denies sponsoring terrorism and refused the list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, including shutting down its TV network Al Jazeera and curbing ties with Iran.