US envoys to visit Gulf states in renewed attempt to resolve Qatar spat

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 16, 2018. (Reuters)

Two envoys from the administration of US President Donald Trump will launch a renewed bid to try to end the Gulf crisis in a tour of the region next week, according to the Associated Press.

Trump wants to bring feuding Gulf leaders to Camp David for a show of solidarity with the United States.

But there are strings attached: No breakthrough in the Qatar crisis, no Camp David, reported the news agency.

A potential summit of the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council in May at the prestigious presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains will be scuttled unless Qatar and neighbors Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are on track to resolve the nearly year-long spat.

The visit by the envoys to the region may be the US’s last attempt to resolve the crisis.

This comes as Doha continues to use international platforms to market the spat as a major crisis, according to a statement by the Arab quartet boycotting Qatar.

The was seen in recent statements from Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

The minister used his presence at UN headquarters to repeat that his country was under an unjust blockade that contradicted human rights and that those responsible should be held accountable.

(With the Associated Press)

 

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