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Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

08 Juin 2017

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar in a coordinated move, which was also joined by Yemen, Libya and Maldives.

LONDON, June 7 Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong's OOCL said on Wednesday they had suspended shipping services to Qatar in another sign of trade pressure on the state after Arab states severed diplomatic ties this week.

He also allegedly said Qatar's relationship with the Trump administration was "tense" even though the emir and Trump met on a positive note in Saudi Arabia last month.

President Donald Trump - who just returned from a trip to the Middle East and meetings with leaders from numerous countries involved with this - thrust himself into the chaos by seeming to take some credit for what happened to Qatar on Twitter. Saudi Arabia said relations with Doha can only be restored if it stops funding extremists, but Riyadh has also been accused of doing the same.

President Donald Trump is backing Saudi Arabia and other Mideast nations in taking what he says is a "hardline" on Qatar, and said perhaps the rift will be "the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism".

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off", Trump said in a series of tweets.

He appeared to take a more measured tone during a call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

"Efforts to isolate Qatar. will not solve any problem", he said, praising Doha's "cool-headedness" and "constructive approach". The U.S.is trying to understand and make assessment of the situation.

On Monday, several countries withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, Qatar's capital, while some cut transport links and gave Qatari nationals two weeks to leave their territory.

It's all over a claim Qatar supports terrorism, which has been vehemently denied by Qatari officials.

Qatar has an independent streak that has often angered its neighbours.

The Saudi state-owned SPA news agency said Qatar "embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, and al-Qaida, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly".

Countries across the globe re increasingly faced with the same conundrum: How much credence to give to the president's Twitter musings when they deviate sharply from US policy?

Earlier Tuesday, Jordan said it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar after examining the "cause of the crisis".

Russian Federation used a combination of hacking, propaganda, and social media campaigns in an attempt to influence the outcome of the United States election, that led to Donald Trump being elected president. "We are a country that is friends with these states and with which our cooperation is historic and deep, so we call on all parties to reconnect and to achieve that the questions have to be answered". He didn't take sides.

Putin had a telephone conversation with the emir of Qatar Tuesday, urging dialogue.

The U.S. military's Central Command maintains a presence at the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. "We have no option as they [Qatar Airways] could not fly their aircraft anyway", Arief said.

The Pentagon cited no immediate effects from the instability on its operations.

Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king