February 13, 2018 / 1:13 PM / 6 months ago

Tillerson urges Gulf states to regain unity

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Restoring the unity of Gulf nations remains in the interest of all parties in the region, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday, urging them to resolve a diplomatic dispute over Qatar.

Kuwait's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al Khalid Al Sabah, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State Brett McGurk attend the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq, in Bayan, Kuwait February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

Last June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among the U.S. allies. Qatar denies the accusation.

Tillerson was speaking at a meeting in Kuwait of the global coalition against Islamic State.

Reporting by Yara Bayoumy; Writing by Aziz El Yaakoubi; Editing by Andrew Torchia

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