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Trump denies warning Riyadh over military action against Qatar

US President confronts Tamim with evidence that Qatar was still engaged in terrorist-related activity

Gulf News

Dubai: US President Donald Trump has dismissed media reports claiming that he had warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE after they considered military action in the early stages of their ongoing dispute with Qatar.

In the official video distributed before the meeting between Trump and Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump answered “No” when he was asked by a reporter about the truth about his intervention to prevent military action against Qatar, several media, including CNN Arabic, have reported.

Trump met with Qatar’s emir at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday and confronted him with evidence that Qatar is still engaged in terrorism-related activity and told him it has to stop.

Trump said on Tuesday that the US was pushing for an end to the Gulf dispute.

“We are right now in a situation where we’re trying to solve a problem in the Middle East,” he said.

“I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved, and pretty quickly.”