Trump, Saudi king discuss resolution of Qatar row

President Donald Trump spoke Friday by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about efforts to end the row with Qatar, according to the White House.

Trump, who previously called Qatar a supporter of terrorism "at a very high level", stressed to Salman "the need to cut all funding for terrorism and discredit extremist ideology".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently concluded a foreign visit to the region in which he sought to smooth over tensions that have persisted since Riyadh led a coalition of countries in a diplomatic push to isolate Qatar.

Since June 5, Doha has been under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, who accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism.

Qatar denies the charges.

By Michael Hernandez in Washington



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