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Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

13 September, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • President Trump speaks with Amir Shabah al Ahmed al-Jabar al Sabah of Kuwait on Thursday

During the phone call, they discussed the latest developments related to the Gulf crisis in light of Kuwait's efforts to resolve it through diplomatic channels and through dialogue between all parties to ensure the security and stability of the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss trade and military issues with the emir of Kuwait at the White House on Thursday, as well as tensions over Qatar.

Later Friday, the White House said Trump had spoken separately with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The Kuwaiti Emir's last official visit to Washington came in 2013 and is now leading a large delegation which includes his country's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al Jarrah Al Sabah, Finance Minister Anas Khaled Al Saleh, and National Guard deputy chairman Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.

Trump said all the countries involved — members of the Gulf Cooperation Council — are "essential partners" with the United States in efforts to crack down on extremism, including the fight against Islamic State group. He previously has described how Arab leaders criticized Qatar for such terror financing during a regional summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

"The crisis also extends to many other countries around the world that have been unable to declare their position because of Qatar's internal penetration in their societies, which made them concerned about possible consequences, especially that Qatar has precedents in supporting coups and in funding terrorism, extremist ideology and hate speech".

President Trump speaks with Amir Shabah al Ahmed al-Jabar al Sabah of Kuwait on Thursday
President Trump speaks with Amir Shabah al Ahmed al-Jabar al Sabah of Kuwait on Thursday

"I think we have a chance of doing it", he said.

Riyadh and Doha are both key allies of the United States.

Trump, too, on Thursday offered support.

Trump's White House meeting with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah comes as Trump has sent conflicting signals about where he stands on the dispute.

When the dispute erupted three months ago, Trump initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia but later instructed his team to support Kuwait's mediation efforts. As the dispute has dragged on, the administration has dispatched other USA envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative.

His comments came in a joint news conference with the Kuwaiti emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in Washington on Thursday.




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