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US acknowledges ‘a lot of Qatari behavior is quite worrisome’

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The United States has acknowledged that “a lot of Qatari behavior is quite worrisome,” according to statements linked to an unnamed senior US administration official.

The official, whose statements were quoted by Reuters news agency, said that Qatar’s policies and actions worried “not just to our Gulf neighbors but to the US” as well.

The official went on to say that Donald Trump’s administration does not want to see a “permanent rift” between Gulf countries, after several Gulf and Arab countries decided to cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for extremist groups and Iran.

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“We want to bring them in the right direction,” the official added.

The Americans are expected to send a representative if the GCC block decides to hold a summit to discuss the ongoing Qatar rift, the same source added.

Earlier in the day, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Maldives and Mauritius all declared they have severed ties with Qatar over the latter’s recent policies on extremism and terrorist financing.