At WH Meeting, Trump Applauds Qatar for Nixing Terrorism

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The president previously sided with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other neighbors that had accused Qatar of spreading extremism, fomenting regional unrest and allowing funds to flow to terror groups.

Qatar has hired Donald Trump-connected Ballard Partners for counsel and assistance related to its outreach to government officials and business/NGO executives in Washington and Florida, the site of the president's winter White House.

The two sides also affirmed their shared commitment to continued security cooperation, as the United States announced to sell Qatar Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) for an estimated cost of 300 million US dollars also on Monday.

The pair also "discussed obstacles to restoring unity in the Gulf Cooperation Council", the statement added, a clear reference to the diplomatic feud between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will be meeting with Trump on April 10.

U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks in June, which claimed that Qatar had funded terrorism "at a very high level", further exacerbated the standoff. A lot of countries were funding terrorism and were stopping it. Qatar denies the allegations.

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In a telephone name final week, Trump credited the emir with working to counter terror financing and extremism.

Yet nearly a year later, the crisis has remained deadlocked, despite Qatar's efforts to address at least the US concerns, even allowing Treasury Department officials into its central bank.

There have been other signs that Trump is warming to the Qataris. The day before the emir's visit, the administration told Congress it plans to approve a deal to sell $300 million in "Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems" to Qatar, including 5,000 high-explosive warheads and the same number of rocket motors.

He said the region can not accept people who support terrorism.

Trump went on to note Qatar's purchases of U.S. weaponry, saying they buy "a lot of equipment from us, a lot of military airplanes, missiles".

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