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Qatari emir tells Saudi crown prince ready to discuss arab powers' demands

11 September 2017

Riyadh accused Doha of distorting facts, cut off communicationRIYADH/ DOHA A phone call between Saudi and Qatari leaders in an attempt to solve their diplomatic crisis has sparked new disputes as Riyadh accused Doha of distorting facts and cut off communication.

Media outlets in Qatar and Saudi Arabia report that a phone call between the leaders of both countries has taken place.

The statement from the siege countries also said that remarks made by Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, following statements made by the Emir of Kuwait in Washington, reflected the State of Qatar's rejection of dialogue for resolving the crisis.

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"Crown prince Mohamed Ben Salman welcomed the Emir of Qatar's desire to open dialogue with the Arab four countries [Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt], with more details on starting the dialogue to be declared after communication with the Arab four countries" the Saudi official news agency published.

Trump on Thursday said he was willing to "help mediate" in the Gulf dispute and claimed he would have a deal worked out "quickly" to end the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar. The tiny, gas-rich emirate has denied the accusation.

Trump said all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are "essential partners" with the U.S. in efforts to crack down on extremism, including the fight against Islamic State group.

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Saudi Arabia led the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain in cutting ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of bankrolling extremist groups and of being too close to Riyadh's regional arch-rival Tehran.

Both Qatar's Emir and the Saudi Crown Prince "stressed the need to resolve the crisis by sitting down to the dialogue table to ensure the unity and stability of the GCC countries", QNA reported. "Setting pre-conditions for dialogue confirms Qatar's lack of seriousness in dialogue, combating and financing terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of countries", the countries said in the statement.

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He said that Qatar is now in a more hard position, adding: "Instead of our confused brother trying to drive a wedge between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi through its naive media, it would be wise for him to treat his crisis with his surroundings". All of those governments cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar in June, alleging Qatar supports extremists and has ties to Iran.

Qatari emir tells Saudi crown prince ready to discuss arab powers' demands