The president discussed the ongoing dispute between Qatar and its neighbors with Egypt’s president on Wednesday, the White House said, again calling on the involved nations to resolve their conflict.
In a readout of an Air Force One call between President Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the White House said Trump "called on all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute." The president also reaffirmed his stance that all countries must follow through on their commitments at the Riyadh Summit to "stop terrorist financing and discredit extremist ideology."
At its core, the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its four neighboring countries Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates centers around Qatar’s alleged funding for terrorist groups, which it denies. The Egyptian government — along with the Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini governments — last month said they would cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar.
The White House said Wednesday that Trump and Sisi also discussed the growing threat of North Korea, which tested its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday. Trump stressed the importance of implementing fully U.N. Security Council resolutions, as well as the need to stop North Korea guest workers and stopping economic or military benefits to the nation.
Trump also spoke on Sunday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, as well as Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. In those calls, the president echoed similar calls for unity to combat terrorism.
The president, for his part, has publicly sided with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates. On Monday, he tweeted about his call with Arab leaders, noting "interesting things are happening!"