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Elias Hubbard
June 23, 2017

Though Trump again said countries must eliminate funding streams for terror groups, the White House said he focused on the need for the region's various US allies to stick together.

The White House said Trump is continuing to talk with all partners.

"The emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country, but he must do more and he must do it more quickly", Tillerson said.

Saudi Arabia said it was committed to "decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism" in a statement carried by the state news agency SPA, while Bahrain hailed U.S. efforts to ensure "international solidarity" on the issue. "No more funding", the president said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing the small Gulf Arab state of supporting Islamist militants and arch adversary Iran.

Countries across the globe are increasingly faced with the same conundrum: How much credence to give to the president's Twitter musings when they deviate sharply from USA policy?

HEADY HEADS OF STATE█ After taking aim at Qatar, Trump urges Arab unityUS President Donald Trump urged Gulf unity on Tuesday in remarks released just hours after he appeared to back Saudi Arabia and its allies' decision to cut ties with Qatar.

Trump's broadside Tuesday against Qatar, which plays a major role in USA military efforts in the Mideast, arrived as an early-morning shock to US officials. The biggest U.S. air base in the Middle East is in Qatar and around 10,000 personnel work there in support of several allied operations in Iraq, Syria and around the region.

"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding - they have to end that funding - and its extremist ideology in terms of funding", Trump said. Increasing the pressure Friday, Qatar's neighbors put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar. Sisi has been angered by Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt says is a terrorist organisation. Tillerson said the USA was asking Qatar to "be responsive to the concerns of its neighbors". They cited no change to the status of al-Udeid Air Base.

The call with Qatar's emir showed Trump trying to personally involve himself in resolving the conflict.

A White House summit seemed an unlikely possibility.

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Al Thani also denied any Qatari involvement in a separate hack of emails belonging to the UAE's Washington ambassador, which have surfaced at various news agencies this week.

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