3-21-2018 The outgoing secretary of state was in favor of a nuclear deal with Iran, curbing its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief – much to the dismay of its bitter enemies Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He also drew the ire of the two regimes after he pushed for an end to their land, sea and air blockade of their neighboring Gulf state Qatar over claims that the county sponsors terrorism.
Tillerson attempted to broker talks between the three Arab countries during a visit in October after four months of the blockade but gave up when he made no progress with Salman, telling reporters: "We cannot force talks upon people who are not ready to talk." "MBZ [Mohammed bin Zayed] is gloating to every member in the Gulf ruling families that he was the mastermind behind firing Tillerson," said a source close to the UAE ruler....
A Dubai-based political adviser to Zayed, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, tweeted after Tillerson's sacking hinting at Emirati involvement. "History will remember that an Arabian Gulf country played a role in getting the American foreign minister fired," he wrote.
A source close to Hamad al Mazroui, Zayed's de facto head of intelligence, said the spymaster was also gloating about the firing.
'Hamad al Mazroui (shown) was saying to us "our boss removed Tillerson". He was bragging about it. He said, "If we remove the foreign minister of the United States that fast, we can do anything". "Tillerson was removed thanks to the major efforts MBZ put in. MBS just added the last touch," the source added. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5524363/Saudi-prince-boasts-got-Jared-Kushner-Rex-Tillerson-fired.html