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Trump weighs in on Qatar rift with Gulf neighbours

US President Donald Trump throws his weight behind efforts to isolate Qatar over claims it supports 'extremism'.

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US President Donald Trump has weighed on the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia, saying his trip to the Middle East is "already paying off".

In a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday, Trump referenced Qatar when he said leaders of the Middle East have stated that they "would take a hard line on funding extremism".

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" Trump said.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding...

...extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

The Qatari government has no immediate response to Trump's tweet. 

Qatar and Saudi alongside five other countries are currently locked in a diplomatic dispute, over Doha's role in the region.   

On Monday, Dana Shell Smith, US ambassador to Qatar, posted an embassy statement saying that the "US supports Qatar's efforts in combating terrorism financing, and appreciates its role in coalition against ISIL."

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had also issued a statement encouraging the parties involved in the Gulf dispute to sit down and address their differences.


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