Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Donald Trump Jokes About Shared Media 'Problems' with Amir of Kuwait

President Trump holds a press conference at the White House on Thursday Kuwait Emir to hold talks with Trump
Lillian Steele | 12 September, 2017, 00:41

In a joint news conference in the White House East Room, Trump reaffirmed the US commitment to al Sabah.

Last week, Trump called on Saudi King Salman and "all the parties in the Qatar dispute" to find a diplomatic solution to the regional standoff.

"For Trump to say "I support the Kuwaiti emir in his diplomacy and if it doesn't work I am ready to step in and bring them all to the White House", this is a different language than the language that we heard before".

Donald Trump appeared to enjoy his recent visit with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, calling him a "good partner" and a "very special person".

Trump's White House meeting with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah comes as Trump has sent conflicting signals about where he stands on the dispute. "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".

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology", Trump wrote on June 6.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss trade and military issues with the emir of Kuwait at the White House on Thursday, as well as tensions over Qatar.

Kuwait is a staunch American ally trying to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors. He noted Qatar had been presented with a list of 13 demands by the other countries and was willing to discuss them. "We will be most successful with a united GCC", he said.

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

Among the demands are that Qatar downgrade its ties with Iran, shut down Al Jazeera news network, and close a Turkish military base in the Arab country.

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