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

US President Donald Trump and Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Al-Sabah shake hands during a press conference at the White House

President Trump who staged a joint conference with the Kuwait leader shortly after his arrival in the White House also enjoined the leader and the Arab nations to all face alongside the United States their shared enemies.

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. "I think we have a chance of doing it".

President Donald Trump's oldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during his father's campaign previous year. "I was telling the emir before that if I can help between UAE and Saudi Arabia ... if I can help mediate between Qatar and, in particular, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so".

"I would be willing to be the mediator", Trump said. Even Trump himself pointed this out in a tweet during the conflict's early days.

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




This might explain the sudden push to isolate Doha, under the pretext that it has close ties with Iran as well as the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

However, the quartet of Arab nations now boycotting Doha issued a strongly worded statement early Friday morning dismissing some of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah's comments, signaling the diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf is far from over.

He emphasized, "what is important is that we have stopped any military action".

Sheikh Sabah claimed that the Qatari government was ready to discuss a list of 13 demands from its Arab neighbors. "We're going to give it our best".

"A great part of them will be resolved", he said.

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