Kuwaiti Leader Leads Delegation to Washington to Discuss Security, Dispute with Qatar

Laura Christensen
September 11, 2017

During the news conference on September 7, Trump offered to mediate in the crisis, saying he believed the dispute could be solved "fairly easily".

Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, of ties to Iran and to terrorist groups.

From a podium in the East Room of the White House, standing next to President Trump, the Amir said that his country has "descended into some not very healthy issues especially in the media".

However, the quartet of Arab nations now boycotting Doha issued a strongly worded statement early Friday morning dismissing some of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah's comments, signaling the diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf is far from over. Trump chose Saudi Arabia for his first overseas visit as president in May, two weeks before the Gulf crisis erupted. He applauded Kuwait's "critical contributions to regional stability" and repeated an offer to mediate himself, particularly between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Trump has instructed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to support the Kuwaiti mediation effort despite Qatar denying funding extremists.

Trump also said the United States' good relations with both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could help bring about a peace agreement - what he called the "world's most complex and hard deal".

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Trump says he will discuss the diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors.

The emir said he believed Qatar was willing to sit down and discuss the demands and that he was optimistic a "solution will come in the very near future".

Qatar is home to a huge U.S. air base, where the headquarters of Centcom - the regional command that leads operations against the Islamic State group - is based.

"A great part of them will be resolved".

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that military action against North Korea was not inevitable. "I think it's something that's going to get solved fairly easily", Trump said.

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