Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

At WH Meeting, Trump Applauds Qatar for Nixing Terrorism

At WH Meeting, Trump Applauds Qatar for Nixing Terrorism

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar on June 5, officially accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region - charges which Qatar strongly denies.

The two sides also affirmed their shared commitment to continued security cooperation, as the United States announced to sell Qatar Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) for an estimated cost of 300 million US dollars also on Monday.

Trump's support for the Saudi-led coalition was complicated by the fact that Qatar is a long-time US ally, hosts a major US Air Force base, and that the State Department avoided taking sides.

America's allies within the Persian Gulf are feuding with Qatar.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his ties with Qatar were working "extremely well" as he welcomed Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the White House for bilateral talks.

As Qatar's ruling emir visited the White House on Tuesday, the fruits of that labor began to show.

Final summer season, Trump took the aspect of Saudi Arabia and different Persian Gulf nations of their ongoing diplomatic disaster with Qatar. Qatar denies the allegations and says the moves attempt to undermine its sovereignty.

Al Thani told reporters in the Oval Office, "We do not and we will not tolerate with people who fund terrorism".

The two leaders agreed in a telephone call that members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council "can and should do more to increase coordination with each other and with the United States", the White House said in a statement.

Despite the past tensions, there were signs that Trump was warming to the Qataris.

"This is the biggest attraction of our app apart from various salient features to make it more user-friendly", he said.

Qatar has sought to stress its role as a reliable and agreeable US partner in a strategically vital region. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the laser-guided rockets would help Qatar modernize its military and wouldn't alter the basic military balance in the region.

Qatar has long sought to stress its role as an agreeable USA partner in a strategically vital region.

Information for this article was contributed by Ken Thomas of The Associated Press.

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