President Trump Calls King Salman, Urges End to Qatar Dispute

President Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke by phone yesterday and discussed a number of regional issues, according to a readout of the call and wire reports.

On the call, Trump “emphasized the importance of resolving the Gulf dispute and restoring a united Gulf Cooperation Council to counter Iranian malign influence and defeat terrorists and extremists.”

The leaders also “agreed on the significance of reinvigorating a political process to end the war in Yemen,” according to the readout.

On Tuesday, a Saudi tanker was attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran. The Houthis say they targeted the coalition warship “in response to an air strike on Hodeidah on Monday that killed at least a dozen civilians, including seven children,” Reuters reports.

Saudi Arabia says it expects no supply impact following the incident.

On Syria, the President and the King “discussed joint efforts to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS and counter Iranian efforts to exploit the Syrian conflict to pursue its destabilizing regional ambitions.”