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Qatar, Gulf row is family issue: US

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Published Jun 25, 2017, 2:24 am IST
Updated Jun 25, 2017, 2:24 am IST
On June 5 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and others broke ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism.
White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington, the BBC reported. (Photo: AP)
 White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington, the BBC reported. (Photo: AP)

The US has said that the growing crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours is a “family issue”. White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington, the BBC reported. 

On June 5 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and others broke ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism. Doha has denied the claim.

 

“The four countries that are part of that — we believe it’s a family issue and that they should work it out,” said Mr Spicer. “If we can help facilitate those discussions then so be it. They want to, and should work out for themselves.”

On Friday, Qatar was sent a list of 13 demands, including shutting down Al Jazeera and cutting ties with Iran, that it must meet in 10 days. Qatar has denounced the list as unreasonable and an impingement on the emirate’s sovereignty.     

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