Phone call between Qatari, Saudi leaders sparks new disputes

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Sheikh Tamim "expressed his desire" to start a dialogue to discuss the demands of the four countries boycotting Qatar, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

According to a White House statement, Trump told the three Persian Gulf Arab rulers that unity among Washington's Arab partners to promote regional stability and counter "the threat of Iran".

It added that "all countries must follow through on defeat terrorism, cut off funding for terrorist groups and combat extremist ideology".

President Donald Trump has hailed the efforts made by the leaders of Kuwait to mediate in solving the crisis of Qatar and its Arab neighbours, however, Trump said a deal would be "worked out very quickly", if he became personally involved.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries maintained their tough and principled stand against Qatar's bankrolling of terrorism after US President Donald Trump offered to help resolve the crisis.

Earlier on Friday, Trump had spoken separately with the Qatari and Saudi leaders, as well as UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the White House said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced on June 5 they had cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, accusing it of having ties with Shiite Iran and fundamentalist Islamist groups.

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Trump stated that although he is fully supportive of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah's mediation so far but that if this isn't enough, he would be happy to offer his own efforts.

Qatar, which is a USA ally and hosts a large American military facility, has denied the allegations.

"The Qatari FM's insistence on putting pre-conditions to the discussions confirms that Qatar is not serious about them", a statement from the Saudi-led block said.

"Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are all essential U.S. partners in this effort". Though not all of the 13 demands made to Qatar have been deemed acceptable by Qatar's government, the two sides have to forget their differences, said the emir.

Saudi Arabia reacted angrily to the Qatari statement, issuing a second message saying Doha's statement did not have "any relevance to truth".

Qatar has rejected the demands as an attack on its sovereignty.

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