Kuwait Emir confirms Qatar ready to meet, discuss 13 demands

Posted September 12, 2017

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President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed efforts by the leader of Kuwait, a staunch American ally, to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors that could have implications for the USA military presence in the region.

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

In a phone conversation on August 30, Trump told the Saudi monarch that a diplomatic resolution was necessary in order to fulfill a commitment Washington and its regional allies had made to stay united while fighting terrorism. "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".

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Kuwait is a staunch American ally trying to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors.

President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed a willingness to be a mediator between Qatar and other Arab countries accusing it of supporting terrorism.

"We know that not all of these 13 demands are acceptable", Sheikh Sabah said, referring particularly to issues that affected Qatari sovereignty. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible. 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. "So we're going to focus on it and try to come to the right conclusion in the near future". I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen. Qatar hosts a USA military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.