Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

His comments came in a joint news conference with the Kuwaiti emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in Washington on Thursday.

In a tweet through his official Twitter page, Trump wrote, "Together, we will show the world that the forces of destruction and extremism are NO MATCH for the BLESSINGS of PROSPERITY and PEACE!"

Trump told a news conference on Thursday that he would be willing to step in and mediate a dispute among the US -allied Arab states and Qatar, and said he thought a deal could come quickly.

Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, of ties to Iran and to terrorist groups. At one point he said the dispute "began because of that fact that there has been massive funding of terrorism by certain countries".

For his part, Sheikh Sabah said he remained hopeful that a resolution to the crisis could be reached. He noted Qatar had been presented with a list of 13 demands by the other countries and was willing to discuss them.

The boycotting countries say a military intervention "has not been and will not be considered" to end the crisis.

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

Mr Trump boasted about increased counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing operations between the two countries, and praised the "tremendous investments" he said Kuwait had made in the US.

"I think you'd have a deal worked out very quickly".

During a friendly meeting with the NY and New Jersey congressional delegations about a $30 billion tunnel project, Trump was in a good mood - most likely a result of his deal with Democrats reached on Wednesday to suspend the federal debt ceiling and fund the government for three months, as well as provide Hurricane Harvey relief aid. "I think we'll have something solved". Amir al-Sabah is leading a Kuwaiti delegation to the United States for the second annual United States-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue, which will include Cabinet-level meetings on education, trade, investment, homeland security, and military cooperation. Qatar hosts a USA military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

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