In a statement, the White House said the President “spoke separately today with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, and Emir Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar.”
Trump “addressed his concerns about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and some of its Gulf and Arab neighbors. He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology, ” the statement said.
Foreign ministers from the four Arab states are scheduled to meet in Cairo on Wednesday. The coalition last month gave Qatar 10 days to meet a list of demands, with an original deadline of Monday. The list includes 13 preconditions to ending Qatar’s isolation, including shutting down the country’s state-funded Al Jazeera news network and reducing ties with Iran.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the list “non-negotiable” last week. But over the weekend, Qatar’s …