Tuesday, June 13, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis: Qatar Situation 'Difficult'



VOA: Mattis Describes Qatar Situation as 'Difficult'

PENTAGON — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the diplomatic spat between Qatar and several other American allies in the Middle East as a “complex situation” that the United States needed to help solve.

“I believe that (Qatar’s) Prince Thani inherited a difficult, very tough situation, and he’s trying to turn the society in the right direction,” Mattis told lawmakers at a House Armed Services Committee hearing late Monday. “But we all agree that funding of any kind of terrorist group is inimical to all of our interest.”

Mattis said President Donald Trump was focused on stopping all terrorist funding, including what he called “grey funding.”

“It’s not black and white; it goes into some kind of nebulous area,” he said.

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More News On U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis' Remarks that The Qatar Situation Is 'Difficult'

Blockade of Qatar a 'Very Complex Situation': Mattis -- US News and World Report/Reuters
US' Mattis: Qatar blockade 'very complex situation' -- Al Jazeera
Mattis: Impact of Qatar blockade on US operations 'very complex' -- Stars and Stripes
Mattis: Blockade of Qatar a ‘very complex situation’ -- Middle East Monitor

1 comment:

fred lapides said...

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