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    Mixed Signals Abound in Qatar Crisis

    Is he their only hope? Qatari officials say President Trump’s aid can help repair their nation’s ties with its neighbors after several Gulf states cut diplomatic relations with Doha. They might’ve been reassured on Friday when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on those countries to back off their blockade of Qatar. Then Trump stepped in to chide Qatar for being “a funder of terrorism at a very high level.” Mixed messages have come from Doha, too: while its foreign ministry said it won’t ”surrender,” its ambassador to the U.S. said Qatar would consider demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, which will be submitted within ten days.



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