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US, Qatar, Israel rejoice at appointment of new Saudi heir

US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince to congratulate him.

According to Press TV quoting a White House statement released Wednesday, the president and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman spoke on the phone “to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond.”

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Ale Saud issued a royal decree earlier in the day to replace Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Ale Saud with his own son.

Trump also spoke with the king-in-waiting about the dispute with Qatar as well as their so-called war on terrorism.

“The two leaders discussed the priority of cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar. They discussed efforts to achieve a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” the White House said in a statement after the call.

‘Brotherly relations’ with Qatar

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Ale Thani, meanwhile, congratulated Saudi Arabia’s newly-appointed crown prince, urging “brotherly relations” between the two countries.

According to the Qatar News Agency, the emir sent a cable of congratulations to the Saudi leadership “on the occasion of the selection of his royal highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Ale Saud as Crown Prince.”

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut their diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar earlier this month, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, an allegation rejected by the Qatari government.

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