Trump offers to personally mediate dispute between Qatar, other Arab countries

Kristopher Drake
September 12, 2017

The US President briefed H H Emir on the results of his communication with HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the discussions held in this regard with the Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, within the framework of the generous mediation led by His Highness.

"If I can help mediate between Qatar and, in particular, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so, and I think you would have a deal worked out very quickly", he said.

This is while analysts have touted the Qatar crisis as the fallout of Trump's visit to Riyadh in early June. Trump reasserted his demand for all countries to stop funding extremist groups.

"We call on our GCC and Egyptian allies to focus on our commitments at that Saudi Arabia summit to continue our joint efforts to drive out and defeat terrorists".

Trump told them that unity among Washington's Arab partners was essential to promoting regional stability and countering the threat of Iran, the statement said.

Kuwait Emir to hold talks with Trump

The row has split key US counter terrorism partners and undermined the cohesion of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a traditional bulwark of USA -led efforts to contain Iran's influence.

Mr Trump griped to a group of NY and New Jersey politicians after his press conference with the Kuwaiti Emir, sources present told Politico.

President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed a willingness to be a mediator between Qatar and other Arab countries accusing it of supporting terrorism. But he said: "We're going to give it our best".

Trump, too, on Thursday offered support. But the dispute has dragged on. He noted Qatar had been presented with a list of 13 demands by the other countries and was willing to discuss them. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible.

But underscoring the impasse, the quartet of Arab nations boycotting Doha issued a strongly worded statement early Friday morning dismissing some of the emir's comments.

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