Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

Randolph Lopez
September 12, 2017

US President Donald Trump said he was willing to "help mediate" in the ongoing Gulf dispute and claimed he would have a deal worked out "quickly" to end the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar, a crisis he has previously taken credit for starting after claiming Qatar was a sponsor of terrorism.

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.

This is while analysts have touted the Qatar crisis as the fallout of Trump's visit to Riyadh in early June.

Trump immediately expressed staunch support for Saudi Arabia after the Arab states announced sanctions against Qatar, but some other USA officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adopted a more measured tone.

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"Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are all essential U.S. partners in this effort".

Mr Trump griped to a group of NY and New Jersey politicians after his press conference with the Kuwaiti Emir, sources present told Politico. "We will be most successful with a united GCC", he said.

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

From a podium in the East Room of the White House, standing next to President Trump, the Amir said that his country has "descended into some not very healthy issues especially in the media". As the dispute has dragged on, the administration has dispatched other US envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative. He initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible. "Any dialogue on meeting their demands should not be preceded by any prior conditions", they said in a statement that was an unusual, personal rebuke in the clubby world of Gulf Arab states. It recently restored full diplomatic ties to Iran, with which it shares a massive offshore natural gas field that makes its citizens among the world's wealthiest.

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