Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

CNNPolitics: Trump willing to play mediator in ongoing Gulf dispute

CNNPolitics: Trump willing to play mediator in ongoing Gulf dispute

"The call was at the request of Qatar to discuss its desire to talk to the four countries about their demands", SPA reported.

According to a statement released from the Saudi Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Saudi government decided on Saturday to suspend any communication as Qatar allegedly distorted the content of the call.

The Qatari's narrative on the phone call between Ben Salman and Bin Hamed carried clear contradiction with the Saudi's, as it asserted that the phone call took place following mediation from US President Donald Trump.

Unity among the Arab partners of the essential to promoting regional stability and countering the threat of Iran, Trump reportedly told them.

"Therefore, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announces halting any dialogue or contact with Qatar". Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute.

That even this small step toward a resolution creates new tension shows how deeply the boycott of Qatar has cut across the typically clubby politics of the Gulf Arab states.

The latest row came shortly after the White House issued a statement saying that Trump had spoken separately earlier on Friday with the Qatari and Saudi leaders, as well as UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were among the Arab countries that announced in June they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar over what they say is Doha's alleged support for Islamist terrorist and extremist groups.

But any hope of diplomatic progress was swiftly dashed after what Al Jazeera called a "protocol mishap". "Dialogue on the implementation of the demands should not be preceded by any conditions", they said in the joint statement, while voicing "regret" about the Kuwaiti ruler's statement "on the success of mediation in stopping military intervention".

Kuwait has emerged as a key mediator in the crisis, while the United States has given mixed signals on its policy. Qatar long has denied funding extremists and recently restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, with whom it shares a massive offshore natural gas field.

Trump also said the United States' good relations with both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could help bring about a peace agreement - what he called the "world's most complex and hard deal".

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