Trump, crown prince discuss Qatar row

File photo: US President Donald Trump and then Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prince Mohammed was made crown prince on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 22 June 2017
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Trump, crown prince discuss Qatar row

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom he discussed the diplomatic row between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, including Riyadh.
“The president and the crown prince committed to close cooperation to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond,” the White House said in a statement about their telephone talks.
“The two leaders discussed the priority of cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar,” the statement added.
Trump and the crown prince additionally “discussed efforts to achieve a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and ways to further deepen economic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”
Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the first Arab leader to officially meet with Trump at the White House  in March and then also met him in Riyadh last month.
Earlier this month, Riyadh and several of its allies including Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE, cut ties with Qatar over accusations that Doha supports extremist groups, including some linked to Iran — a claim Tehran denies.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saudi Arabia and its allies have drawn up a list of demands to be presented to Qatar.
“We hope the list of demands will soon be presented to Qatar and will be reasonable and actionable,” he said.
“We support the Kuwaiti mediation effort and look forward to this matter moving toward a resolution,” added Tillerson, who has been tasked by Trump to oversee an end to the standoff.

— With input from AFP


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Iraqi president Salih

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Iraqi president Salih

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Iraqi president Barham Salih on Monday and they discussed mutual interests, regional as well as bilateral issues, according to Saudi Press Agency.
“During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of the relations between the two brotherly countries and opportunities for their development, in addition to discussing developments in the region and the efforts made toward them,” the SPA statement said.
Salih was received by King Salman on Sunday as part of the president’s visit to the Kingdom, where discussions on ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries were the focus.
Salih’s visit to Riyadh came as part of a Middle East tour, which included visits to Iran, Jordan, Kuwait and the UAE.