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U.S. does not want 'permanent rift' between Qatar, Gulf countries - senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States does not want to see a “permanent rift” between Gulf countries, a senior U.S. administration official said on Monday, after some Gulf and Arab countries cut ties with Qatar over alleged support for Islamists and Iran.

Still, the official said: “There’s an acknowledgement that a lot of Qatari behaviour is quite worrisome not just to our Gulf neighbours but to the U.S.”

“We want to bring them in the right direction.”

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by James Dalgleish

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