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

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

Amir al-Sabah went on to express hope that with Qatar's agreement to sit down and discuss 13 demands, the two countries may resolve some of their issues.

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

According to the Kuwait Times, Trump first met the oil monarch in February during his visit to the region.

The crisis erupted June 5 when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties to Qatar over allegations it funds extremists and is too cozy with Iran. As the dispute has dragged on, the administration has dispatched other USA envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative.

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President Donald Trump has welcomed the leader of Kuwait to the White House, and is meeting with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

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

Qatar, which is a USA ally and hosts a large American military facility, has denied the allegations.

The Kuwaiti leader is thanking the United States for standing with their country when Iraq's Saddam Hussein launched an invasion.

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Kuwait has been trying to heal a bitter dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, which say Doha supports regional foe Iran and Islamists, charges Qatar's leaders deny.

"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", Trump said at a joint news conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

"We have great relationships with all of them right now; maybe better than we've ever had", Mr Trump said. He initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia.

The dispute has dragged even after Tillerson and other USA diplomats have shuttled through the region to bolster the Kuwaiti initiative.

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Trump also talked about North Korea, saying that military action is not inevitable. Some 6,000 North Koreans work in Kuwait.

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