U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday renewed calls for a resolution to a festering dispute between Qatar and four other Arab nations, all of them America’s partners.
On a visit to Kuwait, which has been attempting to mediate an end to the crisis, Mr. Pompeo said the dispute that has roiled the Gulf Cooperation Council for almost two years is hindering efforts to combat regional threats posed by Iran, the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.
“It’s not in the best interest of the region, it’s not in the best interest of the world,” Mr. Pompeo told reporters at a news conference with Kuwait’s Foreign Minister. “We need the Gulf countries working together on the complex set of challenges that face each of them.”
Mr. Pompeo lauded mediation efforts in the dispute by Kuwait’s emir and said the United States would do whatever it could to assist.
“We are working to help those countries find a set of common ground,” he said. “We all have the same set of threats, the threats from al-Qaida and from ISIS, the threat from… Iran. We all are working diligently to find a path forward so that the rift between those countries can be resolved.”
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE began a boycott of Qatar in June 2017, alleging that Qatar funds extremist groups and has too-cozy ties to Iran.