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REGIONAL DISPUTE: Saudi Arabia suspends planned talks with Qatar

REGIONAL DISPUTE: Saudi Arabia suspends planned talks with Qatar

A proposed meeting between Qatari and Saudi leaders who had both expressed willingness to start talks over regional crisis, has been suspended due to apparent protocol dispute which caused a hiccup.

Reports say Saudi Arabia’s plans to hold talks with Qatar were put on hold, shortly after the emergence of reports that a phone call between Qatar’s emir and the Saudi crown prince hinted at a potential breakthrough in a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.

Ever since the crisis in the Gulf reared its ugly head, the call on Friday between by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the first official contact between Doha and Riyadh.

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Last week, US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman were both locked in discussion to find a lasting diplomatic resolution to end a lingering regional dispute with Qatar.

According to a report from White House, Trump discussed the issue in a telephone conversation with King Salman, with Trump telling Salman that a diplomatic resolution would fulfill a commitment — made when Trump visited Riyadh — to maintain unity while fighting terrorism.

The diplomatic crisis began in June, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties to Qatar over allegations that it was funding extremists and was too close to Iran. Qatar has denied funding extremists.

 

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