Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on Muslim countries to stand united against Iran, a public feud between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbors is jolting his attempt to tip the regional balance of power against Tehran.Analysts point to the unusual willingness of Qatari state-backed media on one side, and Saudi and Emirati media on the other, to trade rhetorical broadsides in public.The spat's immediate cause was a purported Qatari state media report that the emir had cautioned against confrontation with Iran, as well as defending Hamas and Hezbollah.Qatar denied the report, saying its news agency had been hacked, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE allowed their state-backed media to continue running it, angering Doha.Riyadh and Abu Dhabi also suspect Doha is complacent about Iranian expansionism.Iran, which denies Arab accusations that it is engaged in subversion of Arab countries, appears to be gloating.
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