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U.S. informed of Arab break with Qatar just before announcement - State Department
June 6, 2017 / 8:36 PM / 6 months ago

U.S. informed of Arab break with Qatar just before announcement - State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was not informed of four Arab countries’ decision to sever ties with Qatar until just before the move was announced, the State Department said on Tuesday.

An Eikon ship-tracking screen shows tanker traffic around Qatar over the last seven days in this June 6, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington was told of the move by the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar has made great progress in tackling the funding of terrorist groups, but still has work to do, Nauert said.

Reporting by Warren Strobel and Yeganeh Torbati.

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