Dubai/Washington — Qatar is falling short in its efforts to counter terrorism, a Saudi-led alliance that is boycotting the Gulf nation says, an apparent setback to US mediation efforts after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the bloc to ease its seven-week embargo. The group also added nine organisations based in Yemen and Libya, as well as nine people from Qatar, Kuwait, Yemen and Libya, to the list of alleged terrorist groups it accuses the Gulf nation of supporting, according to a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. Steps taken by Qatar, including a memorandum of understanding with the US on anti-terrorism measures and the amendment of its own domestic antiterror law, had created some optimism that an agreement could be reached. Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said his country was open to talks to end the standoff as long as its sovereignty was respected, while the US and Britain both called for an end to the boycott. The announcement sho...

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