May 16, 2018 / 5:48 PM / 6 months ago

U.S. secretary of state, Qatari foreign minister discuss terror financing

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press availability with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (not shown) after their meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S., May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Wednesday discussed Qatar’s efforts on countering terrorism financing, the State Department said.

“The secretary commended the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s continued efforts on counterterrorism and countering terrorism financing,” the department said in a statement. In the phone call, Pompeo also emphasized President Donald Trump’s “desire to see the Gulf dispute eased and eventually resolved, as it benefits Iran,”  it said.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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