Washington(August 31, 2017): The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about a regional dispute over Qatar.
Trump spoke by telephone to the Saudi king, telling him a diplomatic resolution to the dispute would fulfill a commitment made when Trump visited the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to maintain a united front against terrorism.
In June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar over allegations it was funding extremists, a charge Qatar denies.
The United States is urging the countries involved to reach a diplomatic resolution to the dispute.
The two leaders also reportedly discussed Iran. Both countries agree Iran poses a threat to its region.
Trump told King Salman that a diplomatic resolution would fulfill a commitment – made when Trump visited Riyadh – to maintain unity while fighting terrorism.
The president and the king also discussed Hurricane Harvey. King Salman offered condolences to those who lost loved ones.