United States steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait's mediation

United States steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait's mediation

At a White House news conference with Sheikh Sabah, Trump said he appreciated the emir's thus-far unsuccessful bid to end the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

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.

Trump followed, "Well that is a problem we will get resolved and I'm very, very honored and happy to know that you have problems with the media also".

During that time, Trump invited al-Sabah to visit D.C. 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. "If I can help mediate between Qatar and in particular the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so", he said.

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.

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Trump also promised the Kuwait leader of the United States support of the nation's meddling in the rift between Qatar and its Arab neighbors.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke separately on Friday with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the White House said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump says nations in the Middle East must confront parties "such as the Iranian regime" as part of efforts to defeat "murderous" terror groups and radical militias in the region.

Sheikh Sabah claimed that the Qatari government was ready to discuss a list of 13 demands from its Arab neighbors.

Among the demands are that Qatar downgrade its ties with Iran, shut down Al Jazeera news network, and close a Turkish military base in the Arab country.

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