Four Arab countries cut off all ties with Doha in 2017. Now Kuwait is stepping in as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Qatar as it readies itself with a meeting with the US President.
Funeral of late president Beji Caid Essebsi attended by foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim al Thani meets with US President Donald Trump in Washington after his country enters the third year of a blockade by Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
Qatar inaugurates its first purpose-built stadium for the 2022 football World Cup, staging a prestigious domestic cup final in the $575 million, 40,000-capacity Al Janoub venue.
The invite comes as a surprise since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt imposed diplomatic, trade and transport sanctions on Qatar saying it supports terrorism.
Tillerson held talks with four Arab states boycotting Qatar as part of a round of intense shuttle diplomacy aimed at resolving the regional crisis. But there was no immediate word of any breakthrough.
The Qatari response was delivered hours after four Gulf nations accepted a call by Kuwait to extend the 10-day deadline by another 48 hours.
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Qatar on Wednesday to discuss the sanctions imposed on the Arab Gulf state by its neighbours before heading to Kuwait, where mediation efforts to end the crisis will continue.
In his favourite medium, Twitter, Trump suggested Qatar, home to the largest American air base in the Middle East, was funding extremism as he tacitly backed the diplomatic blockade of the emirate.
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