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Phone call to ease Saudi-Qatar spat causes new problem

Qatar dismissed claims that call was organized organised at the request of Donald Trump

Zaid Sabah | Bloomberg 

Saudi and Qatari leaders held direct talks for the first time since the start of the Gulf crisis three months ago, a breakthrough later undermined by a dispute over the details of the phone call. Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the official news services in both countries. Sheikh Tamim “expressed his desire” to start a dialogue to discuss the demands of the four countries boycotting Qatar, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said. But shortly after the statement, the kingdom dismissed Qatar’s ...

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First Published: Sat, September 09 2017. 23:18 IST