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Saudi-led bloc deny progress made in Qatar dispute

A Saudi-led bloc of countries hostile to Qatar on Friday challenged statements by the Kuwaiti emir, denying his mediation has seen progress in finding a solution to the Gulf dispute. Saudi Arabia as well as the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of bankrolling Islamist extremist groups. Qatar, a gas-rich Gulf emirate, denies the claims and accuses the four countries of an attack on its sovereignty.
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