US secretary of state urges countries to take positive action and says efforts to isolate Qatar are negatively affecting its citizens

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has tried to push Qatar’s Gulf neighbours back to the negotiating table, saying it was time for them to take some positive action by lifting their economic blockade on the oil-rich state.

Tillerson said Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar were having a negative effect on the Qatari people, adding: “I hope as a sign of good faith they will lift that blockade. That would be a positive development.”

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