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Trump no longer following Saudi-UAE script on Qatar, says former envoy

January 18, 2018 at 9:49 am

Former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk has taken to Twitter to announce that US President Donald Trump is no longer following the Saudi/UAE script on Qatar.

Indyk explained that this may be because Qatar is now cooperating regarding the fight against terrorism and is willing to discuss the conflict between Doha and the countries that imposed the blockade on it.

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Two days ago, in a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Trump expressed his gratitude for the Qatari efforts to combat terrorism and extremism in all its forms, including the fact that Qatar is one of the few countries to have moved forward to sign a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the United States.

The White House said in a statement that in his call Trump reiterated his support for a strong and united Gulf Cooperation Council which would focus on addressing regional threats.

The US President and the Emir agreed that Washington and Doha could participate in their resolution to bring greater stability to the region.

Earlier, Qatar News Agency reported that Trump had discussed with the Emir of Qatar strengthening bilateral relations between Washington and Doha in the fields of security and economy.