Qatar ruler phones Saudi crown prince about starting talks: state media

Saudi Arabia rejects prospects for dialogue with Qatar

Qatar ruler phones Saudi crown prince about starting talks: state media

The Al Jazeera television network of Qatar went further in reporting that the Qatari emir had agreed with the requirement as put forward by the Saudi crown prince on sending an envoy and that Qatar is ready to find a way out of the ongoing disputes without damaging its sovereignty.

The Qatar crisis began June 5, with boycotting nations cutting off Doha's land, sea and air routes over its alleged support of extremists and close ties to Iran.

"The details will be announced later after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concludes an understanding with the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt", SPA said.

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They stressed the need for all countries to abide by the commitments they made at the Riyadh Summit aimed at defeating terrorism, its financing and combating extremist ideology.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Kuwait's Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah after their meetings at the White House in Washington, September 7, 2017.

On Friday, Sheikh Tamim "expressed his desire to sit at the dialogue table and discuss the demands of the four countries to ensure the interests of all", according to SPA.

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Trump himself seemed to hint that he was favoring Saudi Arabia in the negotiations on Thursday in comments at the White House, saying that "massive funding of terrorism by certain countries" was still a huge problem. "They can't say 'we talked to the prince of Qatar and will put an end to the conflict.' So, as they make a move forward, they try to justify it, and move a step backward [again]".

The bloc also voiced "regret" about the Kuwaiti ruler's statement "on the success of mediation in stopping military intervention".

Trump said all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are "essential partners" with the U.S. in efforts to crack down on extremism, including the fight against Islamic State group.

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Riyadh and Doha are both key allies of the United States. Still, the dispute has dragged on for more than three months, even after Tillerson shuttled between the parties in July and dispatched two other US envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative. QNA said that the phone conversation had been coordinated by the US President. Today, Kuwait hosts some 13,500 American troops, many at Camp Arifjan south of Kuwait City, which also is home to the forward command of U.S. Army Central.

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