Trump says will discuss military issues, Qatar with Kuwait's emir

Jerome Frank
September 12, 2017

Posted: Sep. 7, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

Basking in the euphoria of the visit of the Kuwait Leader, Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, President Donald Trump has restated the will of his administration to fight every obstacle, extremism and threats to America's peace and emphasising his unrepentant "One American" mantra. Trump applauded Kuwait's "critical contributions to regional stability". He suggested a deal would be "worked out very quickly" if he became personally involved. "But it is something that could happen", Trump said.

"We have great relationships with all of them right now; maybe better than we've ever had", Mr Trump said.

Trump said he would be willing to act as a mediator in the bitter diplomatic dispute between Qatar and at least four Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia, a role so far taken up by Kuwait.

In a statement issued early Friday, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say "any dialogue on meeting their demands should not be preceded by any prior conditions".

The Saudi-led Arab countries, also close USA allies, have presented Qatar with a list of 13 demands to restore relations, which the Qataris have so far rejected.

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

"The key thing is whether Trump stands on this [GCC crisis]".

For his part, Sheikh Sabah said he remained hopeful that a resolution to the crisis could be reached.

Sheikh Sabah claimed that the Qatari government was ready to discuss a list of 13 demands from its Arab neighbors. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible.

"I am optimistic that the solution will come in the very near future". "The hope has not ended yet".

He said both sides wanted peace and that the United States had "tremendous talent" working on the problem. They say it is the world's most complex and hard deal, you know that. I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen.

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