Trump, King Salman discuss Qatar crisis, defeating ISIS

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call with the United States President Donald Trump. During the call, King Salman congratulated Trump on the rapidly achieved victory over ISIS in Mosul, Iraq.

King Salman also expressed appreciation of the US role for leading the coalition to fight ISIS, “praising great achievements culminating in crushing terrorism, in a record short time, during Trump presidency, in the White House,” according to a statement on Saudi Press Agency.

“The King reiterated Riyadh's unflinching position, in putting all potentials for the sake of fighting terrorism, drying up its fountains and crushing it. For his part, the president expressed appreciation of the King stance and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia role for combating terrorism and strenuous efforts it exerts, in this respect, wishing that the latest victory may lay ground for further eradication of the evil forces as well as their regional backers,” the statement added.

Trump also spoke with Saudi King Salman to discuss efforts to resolve the month-long dispute between Qatar and four Gulf Arab states, the White House said.

The phone call followed a visit to the region by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states cut ties with Qatar over allegations it funds extremist groups and is allying with their Iran. Qatar denies this.

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