Tillerson, Mattis call for calming tensions in GCC dispute

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 11:07 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. secretaries of state and defense on Tuesday called on all sides in the dispute between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to calm tensions among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members.

"It is critical that all parties minimize rhetoric, exercise restraint to avoid further escalation and work toward a resolution," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a joint appearance of the U.S. and Qatari foreign and defense ministers.

(Reporting By Arshad MohammedEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)