Pre-conditions to settle dispute between Qatar and its neighbours could be met individually if not as a package, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Saudi Arabia’s pre-conditions for restoring diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar are not realistic, even if some elements could form the basis for an eventual deal, the senior adviser to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.

In his first foray into shuttle diplomacy since his appointment as Secretary of State, Tillerson is planning to spend most of the week in the Gulf in a bid to mediate in a month-long dispute between Qatar and four neighbouring countries, Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

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