Donald Trump, Saudi King discuss terror, regional unity

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US officials had said on Monday that the United States would quietly try to calm the waters between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, arguing that the small Gulf state was too important to USA military and diplomatic interests to be isolated.

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha.

Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia, which has joined with other key Arab powers in cutting off land, sea, and air routes into the country.

Late Tuesday, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Qatar-based Al Jazeera television that his country was ready for global mediation, adding that the emir had postponed a national speech on the crisis to leave Kuwait more room to "proceed and communicate with the parties to the crisis and to try to contain the issue".

DONALD Trump has taken credit for the isolation of Qatar by other Arab countries over its alleged support of terrorism in the region. "Again, this is Qataris speaking to worldwide media wondering whether this is possible at all".

On March 3, 2014, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their ambassadors to Qatar and severed diplomatic ties with the country until eight months later when Qatar agreed to deport seven senior figures of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Around 10,000 military personnel are stationed at U.S. airbase Al-Udeid in Qatar.

Jordan announced on Tuesday that it is scaling back its diplomatic ties with Qatar and that it will close the local office of the Gulf nation's Al-Jazeera TV channel.

The forces had been stationed in southern Saudi Arabia, the report said, reinforcing Saudi defenses against Houthi attacks.

The tiny, peninsular monarchy of Qatar depends on sea routes and its land border with Saudi Arabia for almost all its consumer goods. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats. Transport has already been significantly disrupted with many airlines suspending flights to and from Doha, while Qatar's national airline Qatar Airways, is having to take detours meaning flights take longer, having been banned from large portions of airspace.

Doha also decided not to respond in kind, he added.

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USA officials who monitor terrorist funding have said that Persian Gulf governments have made significant strides in ending official support for terrorist groups, although some money still flows from individuals, primarily in Kuwait and to a lesser extent from Qatar.

The Emiratis also have found themselves in favor with the new Washington administration, whose strong dislike for both Iran and Sunni Islamists fits well with UAE policy priorities.

"We decided to make it clear that enough is enough", Jubeir said.

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