Trump talks to heads of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar

Trump talks to heads of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar

Trump talks to heads of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar

Saudi Arabia has made an about-face suspending talks with Qatar hours after leaders of the two countries spoke directly for the first time since the start of the crisis, accusing Qatar of "distorting facts" about the conversation.

Soon after the phone call between the two leaders, the official Saudi Press Agency had reported that the crown prince had welcomed Qatar's desire to initiate a dialogue to end the diplomatic isolation.

Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the freezing of talks with Qatar over news report from Qatar news agency, Al Arabiya local news reported.

Standing alongside Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah, the United States president then warned, "If they don't stop the funding of terrorism, I don't want them to come together".

The Qatari emir expressed willingness to discuss the demands of the Gulf states who imposed an embargo on the Emirati state, reports said.

Emir of the state of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on September 20, 2016.

"We will continue to take action and we will maintain our position until Qatar responds", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, speaking alongside his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain in June cut diplomatic, trade, air and shipping ties with Qatar, which is home to the Persian Gulf's biggest USA military base.

"The President also emphasised that all countries must follow through on commitments... to defeat terrorism, cut off funding for terrorist groups, and combat extremist ideology". He applauded Kuwait's "critical contributions to regional stability" and repeated an offer to mediate himself, particularly between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations it was supporting terrorists. "We'll come together. Very quickly, I think, we'll have something solved", Trump said, at a White House news conference.

Qatar, which hosts a United States military base critical to the effort to defeat IS in Iraq and Syria, has long denied funding extremists.

They also criticised Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani for comments he made after the meeting between Trump and the Kuwaiti emir.

Related news