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Qatar Says Trump wants to fix Gulf crisis with dialogue

PARIS – Qatar's foreign minister said on Monday that President Donald Trump was stepping up efforts for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in the Gulf.

 

Trump initially took a hard line against Qatar, calling it a "high level" sponsor of terrorism after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt shook the region by cutting political and trade ties with the small state in June.

 

The action suspended air and shipping routes with the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, which is home to the region's biggest US military base.

 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters in Paris that he had seen a "greater desire" from Trump to fix the stand-off through discussion.