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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Doha agrees to go to negotiation table as Saudi suspends all dialogue after Trump’s mediation efforts

Doha agrees to go to negotiation table after Trump’s mediation efforts, but Saudi says it is suspending all dialogue after botched call: Kuwait’s Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah reportedly received a letter from Doha “agreeing to sit down and discuss the list of 13 demands” made by the Saudi-led quartet, Reuters says. This comes as the newswire also reports that Saudi Arabia suspended all dialogue with Qatar after a reported phone call between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani the day before. Reuters notes that the call — “the first publicly reported contact between the two leaders since the start of the crisis” in June — was coordinated by US President Donald Trump, who spoke to both leaders separately on Friday. Trump later told the press the US would be willing to mediate and that resolution would “come quickly.”

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