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The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Washington has said that Qatar must acknowledge concerns about its “troubling support for extremism” and “re-examine its regional policies.”

“The UAE welcomes President (Donald) Trump’s leadership in challenging Qatar’s troubling support for extremism. The next step is for Qatar to acknowledge these concerns and commit to reexamine its regional policies,” Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said.

“This will provide the necessary basis for any discussions,” Otaiba added.

His statement was published by the official WAM news agency.

It came after accusations by Trump that Qatar was bankrolling extremism.

Qatar “has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” Trump said, calling on Doha to stop funding terrorism and extremist groups.