Trump calls for diplomatic resolution to Qatar crisis

Trump speaks with Saudi King, urges diplomatic resolution to the crisis between Qatar and other Arab states.

Elad Benari ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and called for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis between Qatar and other Arab states.

“The President urged that all parties to the Qatar dispute find a diplomatic resolution that follows through on their commitments made at the Riyadh Summit, to maintain unity while fighting terrorism,” the White House said in a statement summarizing the phone call.

“The two leaders also addressed the threat Iran poses to the region,” the statement added, noting that Trump and King Salman also “discussed the need to defeat terrorism, cut off terrorist funding, and combat extremist ideology.”

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all severed relations with Qatar in June over allegations that it supports terrorism. Qatar denies the charges.

They later placed dozens of figures linked to the country on blacklists, including Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the spiritual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The four boycotting countries delivered 13 demands to ending the crisis, including shutting the Al-Jazeera network, downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and closing a Turkish military base.

After Qatar refused to adhere to the demands, the four boycotting countries rescinded them.