Trump claims credit for Qatar row

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 7, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday both claimed credit for the isolation of Qatar by its West Asian neighbours and endorsed it in a series of tweets on Tuesday, linking it to his recent visit to the region and call for cutting terror financing. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

Oil prices also fell on concern that the rift would undermine efforts by OPEC to tighten production.Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV that Qatar will not retaliate, hoping Kuwait will help resolve the dispute. But Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have always been irked by its maverick stances and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" he said.Qatar said it regretted the coordinated decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut diplomatic relations on Monday.

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