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Pompeo calls for ending rift among Arab Gulf countries during Qatar visit

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar has strongly denied the accusations

IANS  |  Doha 

Mike Pompeo (Photo: Reuters)
Mike Pompeo (Photo: Reuters)

Visiting US Mike on Sunday called for ending the continuing crisis between and mainly its neighbours.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, said that the diplomatic rift among the countries benefited their adversaries.

"We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful," said, reports Xinhua news agency.

Pompeo arrived in earlier in the day from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as he continued his ongoing tour of the that has already taken him to Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and the UAE. He will travel to as his next stop.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and severed ties with in June 2017, accusing of supporting terrorism. has strongly denied the accusations.

Last week, Anthony Zinni, the US envoy tasked with resolving the Qatari crisis, announced his resignation, citing that he felt he reached a dead-end in the efforts to end the Gulf dispute.

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 01:28 IST