Gulf Crisis: Trump urges Arab unity in call to KSA’s King Salman, accuses Qatar of funding terrorism

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Gulf Crisis: Trump urges Arab unity in call to KSA's King Salman, accuses Qatar of funding terrorism

US President Donald Trump has called the king of Saudi Arabia, urging Gulf unity amid an escalating dispute between Gulf countries, BBC reported.

Earlier, the official highlighted that  KSA’s move towards Qatar  could mark the “beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism”.

Several Gulf countries cut travel and embassy links with Qatar on Monday.

On the other hand, Qatar strongly denies supporting radical Islamism.

“His [Mr Trump’s] message was that we need unity in the region to fight extremist ideology and terrorist financing,” a US official told Reuters news agency.

Mr Trump had earlier claimed credit for the pressure placed on Qatar.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, Mr Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorism, saying: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!”

In his phone call to King Salman, he was quoted by Reuters as saying: “It’s important that the Gulf be united for peace and security in the region.”

 

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