Leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia speak by phone amid ongoing crisis

Leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia speak by phone amid ongoing crisis

Leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia speak by phone amid ongoing crisis

Saudi Arabia and Qatar appear to be engaging in diplomacy-by-megaphone once again, as the media of both states wrangle over a phone call Saturday between leaders of the two countries, ostensibly to mediate a three-month-old conflict.

Saudi Arabia's state news agency said the monarch and Lavrov discussed the wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as an Arab diplomatic crisis with Qatar.

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, received a telephone call on Friday from Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

Saudi Arabia said earlier that day talks with Qatar have been suspended and accused Doha of issuing "false reports", just after the Emir of Qatar called Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince in a bid to initiate dialogue to resolve the GCC stalemate.

SPA later reported the Saudi Foreign Ministry took issue with the way the state-run Qatar News Agency presented the conversation - it "did not have any relevance to truth".

Meanwhile, the US State Department has approved arms sales packages worth more than $3.8 billion to Bahrain including F-16 jets, upgrades, missiles and patrol boats, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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The Qatari emir expressed willingness to discuss the demands of the Gulf states who imposed an embargo on the Emirati state, reports said.

In Washington on Thursday, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a key figure involved in mediation attempts, met Trump and gave an upbeat assessment of his efforts so far.

The foreign ministers of Japan and Qatar also reaffirmed their continued cooperation in ensuring a stable supply of energy including liquefied natural gas, the official said.

The Arab nations have made several demands of Qatar, and Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute.

"The president also emphasised that all countries must follow through on commitments from the Riyadh Summit to defeat terrorism, cut off funding for terrorist groups, and combat extremist ideology", it said.

Qatar has been facing boycott by its regional neighbors namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, plus Egypt since June 5 over allegations that it funds terrorism. It denies funding extremists. But Qatar is home to a huge U.S. air base, where the headquarters of Centcom - the regional command which leads operations against the Islamic State jihadist group - is based.

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