Report: Leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia speak by phone amid ongoing crisis

State media in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia reported that the leaders of both countries had spoken on the phone for the first time since the beginning of the diplomatic crisis between them.
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Media outlets in Qatar and Saudi Arabia report that a phone call between the leaders of both countries has taken place.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke on the phone with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Friday, in what could be perceived as a breakthrough in the Gulf States crisis.

Qatar's Emir has reportedly "expressed to the Saudi heir his willingness to go to the negotiation table to discuss the demands of the four boycotting states."

Following these reports, the White House announced that US President Donald Trump had spoken to the leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and emphasized the importance of unity among the US allies against Iran.

Shortly after the reports, Saudi Arabia announced that it was suspending any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of "distorting facts."

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