Trump says Qatar funds 'high level' terror

A separate report in Saudi Press Agency on Saturday acknowledged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism.

Tillerson's efforts to mediate came as Qatar's neighbors put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar, in a fresh attempt to increase pressure.

"The President offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", the White House said in a statement following the call. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" he wrote on the social media site.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday stressed that his country continues to provide all kinds of support to the State of Qatar, saying "There are those who are uncomfortable with us standing by our Qatari brothers, providing them with food". The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The latest spat is unlikely to ease regional tensions in a spiralling political crisis which also threatens to involve the United States, Russia, Europe and other major players such as Turkey, a close ally of Qatar, and Iran.

A spokesman said that, while military operations against Islamic State from Qatar had not been interrupted, the "evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer-term military operations".

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The U.S. president's remarks came amid a diplomatic row in the Middle East. "Have no choice", Trump said. But he urged the emir to "do more" and "do it more quickly".

"Qatar is reaching out for support overseas as it has fallen out with its Arab neighbours, who accuse it of sponsoring extremist groups and resent its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood movement and sponsorship of Al-Jazeera network".

The statement said that Trump emphasised the importance of all countries in the region working together to prevent the financing of terrorist organisations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology.

In addition to the humanitarian and military effects, Tillerson said the blockade is affecting US and worldwide companies' abilities to operate in the region. He says the elements of a resolution are available.

Qatar is home to both Al Jazeera and the region's largest United States military airbase - which is now the strategic nerve center of the U.S. air campaign against ISIS.

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