Russia Calls for Negotiated Solution to Persian Gulf Crisis

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto Monday Aug. 28 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto Monday Aug. 28 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington

The bloc accuses Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Qatar denies.

Iran takes all necessary steps to assist Qatar in handling global pressure, which Tehran perceives as "unfair" and conflict-inducing, the Iranian president said Thursday in a phone conversation with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Qatar turned to other exporters like Turkey, Iran and Morocco to fill gaps in its food imports and the construction material needed to build infrastructure for soccer's World Cup in 2022, set to take place there. In the past, Qatari pilgrims have travelled to Mecca and Medina, crossing the width of Saudi Arabia, in officially-sanctioned groups.

"We welcome all initiatives to resolve the Gulf crisis, and we support the Kuwaiti efforts in that direction", Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said during a joint press conference in Doha with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdelrahman Al Thani. It is Russia's interest, noted the visitor, that the Gulf Cooperation Council be united and strong.

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The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that transportation and food costs in Qatar have "edged up" due to a diplomatic rift that led four Arab countries to cut ties with the small Gulf state. Qatar also rerouted its shipments through ports in Oman after the UAE blocked Qatar-bound shipments from using its national waters.

The White House said Trump discussed the issue on Wednesday in a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

"The president urged that all parties to the Qatar dispute find a diplomatic resolution that follows through on their commitments made at the Riyadh Summit, to maintain unity while fighting terrorism".

Trump and King Salman also discussed the need to defeat terrorism, cut off terrorists' funding and combat extremist ideology.

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