UK Welcomes Confidence-Building in Gulf Dispute

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Britain’s top diplomat has welcomed a decision by four Arab countries to give Qatar more time to meet their demands.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a statement Monday also welcomed Qatar’s decision to provide a response to mediator Kuwait on its position.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar early last month. They delivered a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff on June 22 and early Monday extended a deadline by 48 hours at Kuwait’s request for it to comply.

Johnson called the deadline extension and Qatar’s response “an important step in building confidence between the parties.”

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