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'Qatar must do more to combat extremism,' says Tillerson

The Trump administration tried to defuse the deepening diplomatic rift over Qatar Friday - a situation that it appeared to take credit for earlier in the week.

Last month, President Trump traveled to the Middle East where he met with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia.

Despite calling for an ease to the blockade, Tillerson said Qatar needs to do more to address terrorism financing.

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While the USA is publicly offering to help mediate, Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf have made clear that the dispute should be resolved among them, reported FT.

Trump, on the other hand, took the side of the four gulf states implementing the blockade over Qatar's alleged funding of terrorist groups.

Lavrov said Moscow was ready to act "with the consent and the interest of the parties involved" to help resolve the diplomatic row. He said he hoped it would be the beginning of the end of funding terrorism.

Tillerson then went to the White House, where Trump seemed to contradict him, putting the focus squarely back on Qatar. After severing ties with Qatar on Monday, Saudi Arabia said it was committed to "decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism" in a statement carried by state news agency SPA, attributed to "an official source".

The base houses almost 10,000 U.S. troops and is the forward headquarters of U.S. Central Command. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "And its extremist ideology in terms of funding".

Tillerson said the blockade was causing "unintended" humanitarian and business consequences and was "hindering USA military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", or the Islamic State terrorist group.

Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies have targeted dozens of organizations and individuals with new terror-related sanctions - escalating a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, particularly with Qatar.

"He must do more", Tillerson said, "and he must do it more quickly".

In its latest Country Reports on Terrorism, the US State Department said Qatar in 2015 froze assets and imposed travel bans on Ka'bi and Kawari, both of whom are Qatari citizens.

Tillerson said that after speaking with Gulf leaders it is clear "that the elements of a solution are available" and that the US expects "that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other". He says the elements of a resolution are available.

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