SANAA, April.12 (YAP) – US President Donald Trump demanded Saudi Arabia’s king Salman and its Arab partners a quick end of the year-long dispute with Qatar, which has caused rifts between US allies in the region, according US officials.
Trump’s tone in the April 2 call with Salman was described by one official as “forceful.” It was not clear what the king’s response was.
The officials said Trump that insisted that the rift within the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council be patched up within three weeks, in part because of a looming decision on Iran.
Trump’s demand for swift action to end the rift represents a shift. Early in the crisis, he publicly sided with the Saudis and Emirates.