Trump Meets With Kuwaiti Emir Al-Sabah And Offers To Mediate Conflict Between Qatar And 4 Arab States In Gulf Cooperation Council

On Thursday President Trump gave a White House press conference with Emir of Kuwait Al-Sabah following talks between the two leaders and said that cooperation between America and Kuwait has never been stronger and the F.B.I. and the Kuwaiti government are expanding their counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering efforts.

President Trump reported that the State Department has authorized the transfer of a $5 billion agreement for the purchase of American F/A-18 Super Hornet fighting jets for Kuwait which was expedited during President Trump’s overseas trip to Saudi Arabia in May in which he spoke out against terrorism and locked in financial deals worth billions from Arab Gulf states.

Kuwait is playing the role of peacemaker between Qatar and 4 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) including Arab states of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates which cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar in June 2017 following accusations of supporting terrorism and the Muslim Brotherhood, interfering with its internal affairs, and maintaining ties with arch-rival Iran.

Emir Al-Sabah said that he hopes the dispute will be resolved between Qatar and its neighborly countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sometime in the near future, admitted that “there is no problem that cannot be resolved” and noted that Qatar is ready to meet the 13 demands that were presented for negotiations.

“But if we were to sit down together and discuss these 13 demands….and we have indeed accepted them, and Qatar has accepted them…. we would be able to resolve all 13 demands… all the issues and points that harm and relate to the dispute between the countries of the region and anything that harms the interests of our other friends” Emir Al-Sabah said.

Later in the press conference, Emir Al- Sabah said that they have seen a media campaign out of Qatar, in reference to al- Jazeera, that is against the people, not their rulers.

“And we’re talking about 13 demands, and I’m certain that all these certain demands, some of them…. a great part of them will be resolved and the other part….. and perhaps, we might not accept them because anything that effects sovereignty we would not accept” Emir Al-Sabah said.

President Trump said that he is willing to play the role of mediator between Qatar and the 4 Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

“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’d have a deal worked out very quickly” President Trump said during the press conference.

President Trump explained that if Qatar doesn’t stop the funding of terrorism, he doesn’t want them to come together but later admitted that he thinks they will come together.

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