Trump speaks with Abu Dhabi crown prince

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Trump speaks with Abu Dhabi crown prince

US President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone to Abu Dhabi's crown prince and stressed the importance of unity among Gulf Arab states, which are in the grips of a diplomatic crisis over accusations by some of them that Qatar supports terrorism, the White House says.

Trump "emphasised the importance of maintaining a united Gulf Cooperation Council to promote regional stability, but never at the expense of eliminating funding for radical extremism or defeating terrorism," during a call on Wednesday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, Abu Dhabi's crown prince, the White House said in a statement.

Abu Dhabi is the biggest of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, along with Egypt, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

Earlier Trump spoke with the emir of Qatar and offered help in resolving the diplomatic crisis with its Arab neighbours, including a White House meeting, the White House said.