June 7, 2017 / 6:08 PM / 3 months ago

Trump speaks to Qatar emir, offers help in resolving crisis: White House

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Moscow, Russia, January 18, 2016.Yuri Kochetkov/Pool/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with the emir of Qatar on Wednesday and offered help in resolving the diplomatic crisis with its Arab neighbors, including a White House meeting, the White House said.

"The president emphasized the importance of all countries in the region working together to prevent the financing of terrorist organizations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology" in his call with Qatari ruler Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the White House said.

Trump offered to help resolve the diplomatic crisis, including through a White House meeting, the statement said.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by James Dalgleish

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