U.S.’s Mixed Signals Risk Extending Qatar Crisis

from The Wall Street Journal,

Trump emphasizes Persian Gulf country’s alleged terror ties after secretary of state says blockade is hindering U.S. operations.

Mixed U.S. statements ​about a diplomatic crisis between key Arab allies threatened to prolong it, with President Donald Trump emphasizing Qatar’s alleged ties to terrorism funding just as his Secretary of State was trying to defuse the standoff over those links.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt to ease their intensifying economic siege on Qatar.

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