Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Trump thanks Qatar for fight­ing ter­ror

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WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day thanked the ruler of Qatar for “ac­tion to counter ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism in all forms,” the White House said in a state­ment that sug­gested a warm­ing of ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

In June, Trump had called on Qatar to stop fund­ing groups that com­mit ter­ror­ism, say­ing the Gulf na­tion had his­tor­i­cally done so “at a very high level.”

Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE and Bahrain, who along with Qatar are mem­bers of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil, plus non-GCC mem­ber Egypt cut off diplo­matic, travel and trade ties with Qatar last year, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing mil­i­tants and arch-foe Iran.

Qatar de­nies the charges and says their move is aimed at cur­tail­ing its sovereignt­y.

The White House state­ment did not ad­dress the rift but said Trump “re­it­er­ated his sup­port for a strong, united Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil that is fo­cused on coun­ter­ing re­gional threats.”

“The lead­ers dis­cussed ar­eas in which the US and Qatar can part­ner to bring more sta­bil­ity to the re­gion, counter ma­lign Ira­nian in­flu­ence, and de­feat ter­ror­ism,” it said.

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