Trump stopped Saudi Arabia, UAE from invading Qatar, report says

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 20.09.2017 13:11
Updated 20.09.2017 14:58
Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump make comments for the press before a meeting at the Palace Hotel, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 19, 2017, New York, U.S. (AFP Photo)
Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump make comments for the press before a meeting at the Palace Hotel, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 19, 2017, New York, U.S. (AFP Photo)

U.S. President Donald Trump prevented Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from invading their Gulf neighbor Qatar, a report said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE along with Bahrain and Egypt have since June 5 imposed a boycott on Qatar, accusing the emirate of fostering "terrorist" groups, allegations that Doha has vehemently denied.

According to a Bloomberg report, Saudi Arabia and the UAE planned a regime change in Qatar by taking a military action at the early stages of the dispute.

However, after getting word of this possibility, Trump allegedly called the two leaders and urged them to exercise restraint.

Trump reportedly convinced Saudi and Emirati leaders, saying that a military conflict with Qatar would trigger a crisis in the Middle East that would benefit Iran.

The precise time frame of Trump's warning remained unclear, the report added.

Trump sat down with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

When asked if he had warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE against invading Qatar, Trump responded, "No."

The U.S. president said he was confident a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors could be "solved pretty quickly."

Qatar's emir, in turn, said he believed Trump's "interference will help a lot."

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