Saudi ally Bahrain demands Qatar distance itself from Iran

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Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all accuse Qatar of supporting extremist groups and have cut ties with their former Gulf Cooperation Council ally.

In a phone call on Wednesday with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Trump urged him to resolve the worst crisis among Persian Gulf Arab states in decades, the White House said.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Tillerson said the blockade was "impairing United States and other worldwide business activities in the region", and had also caused inadvertent humanitarian consequences.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Friday that he expects the nations now involved in a blockade against Qatar to deescalate the situation. Tillerson said the United States was asking Qatar to "be responsive to the concerns of its neighbors".

Trump told Qatar's emir that it was important that countries in the region work together "to prevent the financing of terrorist organizations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology".

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But Trump, taking a much harder line than his chief diplomat, demanded that Qatar "stop teaching people to kill other people, stop filling their heads with hate", and stop funding terror groups. The nations withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar and cut off air, sea and land travel to the peninsular nation, which is rich in oil but depends heavily on imported food.

Bahrain "stressed the necessity of Qatar's commitment to correct its policies and to engage in a transparent manner in counter-terrorism efforts", its official BNA news agency said.

The announcement came a day after Senegal recalled its envoy from Doha, citing its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia.

The president said Qatar must end its support for extremism, along with "all other nations". He says Qatar has taken steps to address that concern but must do more. Qatar says the charges are baseless.

Shortly after Tillerson's remarks, the Pentagon said that while the Qatar blockade was not affecting current operations against Daesh, it was "hindering" the ability to plan for long-term operations.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Friday described the blockade as a violation of global law and sad there was an attempt to mobilise worldwide opinion against Qatar.

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