UAE, US focus on regional peace as inter-Arab row continues

Sheikh Mohamed, Trump explore ways to boost friendship and cooperation
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By Staff writer
Thu 08 Jun 2017 10:45 AM

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and US President Donald Trump on Wednesday discussed regional issues, as they reaffirmed their commitment to peace and stability in the Middle East.

President Trump's phonecall came days after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, broke diplomatic ties with Qatar.

The Gulf countries have shut their transport routes - air, sea and land - with Qatar, accusing Doha of destabilising the Middle East by supporting Iran and terror groups Al Qaeda, ISIL and Muslim Brotherhood.

During their phone conversation, the two leaders discussed joint efforts to counter extremism and terrorism, and to address security challenges in the region, state news agency WAM said.

Sheikh Mohamed and Trump affirmed their commitment to strengthening pillars of peace and stability in the region, and explore ways to boost UAE-US ties of friendship and cooperation.

On Wednesday, Trump called Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and offered US help as efforts grew to resolve a damaging feud between the emirate and its Gulf neighbours.

In the past two days, Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has also travelled to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to help mediate the inter-Arab row.

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Last Updated: Sun 18 Jun 2017 09:34 AM GST

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