WASHINGTON

U.S. President Donald Trump urged an end to regional divisions in the Persian Gulf during a telephone call with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the White House said Wednesday. 

Trump “encouraged the Amir to take steps toward resolving the Gulf rift in order to work together to defeat the virus, minimize its economic impact, and focus on critical regional issues,” spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

Trump also thanked al-Thani for his efforts to resolve the Afghan conflict, and the two leaders agreed on the importance of the Taliban “reducing violence and continuing discussions on prisoner

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