Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Before Their Meeting

Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
June 13, 2017




SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, all. So welcome again, Your Excellency, to the State Department.




FOREIGN MINISTER AL-JUBEIR: Thank you. Always a pleasure.




SECRETARY TILLERSON: It’s always a pleasure to see you here.




FOREIGN MINISTER AL-JUBEIR: Thank you. I look forward to our discussions.




SECRETARY TILLERSON: I look forward to our discussions, too.
















SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thanks, everyone.




QUESTION: Your Excellency, (inaudible) --




QUESTION: Foreign Minister Jubeir, is there more steps to meet the blockade?




QUESTION: It seems Qatar is (inaudible) --




FOREIGN MINISTER AL-JUBEIR: There is – there is no blockade of Qatar. Qatar is free to go – the ports are open, the airports are open. What we have done is we have denied them use of our airspace, and this is our sovereign right. The limitation on the use of Saudi airspace is only limited to Qatari airways or Qatari-owned aircraft, not anybody else. The seaports of Qatar are open; there is no blockade on them. Qatar can move goods in and out whenever they want; they just cannot use our territorial waters.




So technically, this is not a blockade. We have exercised our sovereign right to prohibit them from using our airspace. We have allowed the movement of families between the two countries to happen so that we don’t divide families, and we are prepared to provide Qatar with food and medical supplies, should they need this, through the King Salman Center. Thank you.


QUESTION: (Inaudible.)




QUESTION: Have you opened the Saudi-Qatar border?




QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, can the U.S. be a neutral arbiter?




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