Trump Discusses Qatar With Saudi King

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Trump immediately expressed his staunch support for Saudi Arabia after the Arab states announced sanctions against Qatar, but some other USA officials including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later adopted a more measured tone.

"The trump administration is very concerned about something that's going on in the Gulf - that is the growing relationship between Qatar and Iran as a effect of the current crisis in the GCC", Cafiero said.

- This was during a phone call with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said, "Such a crisis is not needed in our region, we have enough problems and enough conflict".

Stressing Moscow's support for the Kuwaiti mediation, Lavrov voiced Russia's keenness on a unified and strong Gulf Cooperation Council, noting that there is no need for new problems in the region.

The Saudi-led countries have also imposed sanctions including restrictions on Qatari aircraft using their airspace.

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The White House says Trump discussed the issue Wednesday in a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Despite closing the border with Qatar on 5 June as part of the Gulf countries' economic and diplomatic offensive against the gas-rich emirate, Saudi Arabia has allowed 1,340 Qataris to enter the country for the Hajj.

"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".

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King Salman and President Trump also discussed Hurricane Harvey, which has ravaged Texas this week.

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