'Cooperation Between American and Kuwait Has Never Been Stronger'

Kuwait Emir to hold talks with Trump

Posted: Sep. 7, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

During a joint White House press conference with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, Trump addressed the Middle East peace process.

Following that, a telephone conversation was held between HH the Emir and his brother, HRH Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, based on coordination of the US President, where they stressed the need to resolve this crisis by sitting down to the dialogue to ensure the unity and stability of the GCC countries. Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute.

Trump also said the United States' good relations with both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could help bring about a peace agreement - what he called the "world's most complex and hard deal".

At the same time, they have said Qatar is interested in negotiating a fair and just solution to "any legitimate issues" of concern to fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member states. "We will send a strong message to both terrorist organizations and regional aggressors that they can not win".

But Trump has sent conflicting signals about where he stands on the dispute.

Trump also promised the Kuwait leader of the U.S. support of the nation's meddling in the rift between Qatar and its Arab neighbors. But the dispute has dragged on.

The Saudis, along with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and other countries in the region, have broken all commercial and diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism and close ties to regional rival Iran. That crisis could have implications for the US military presence in the region. 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.

Trump, too, on Thursday offered support.

"They've never seen winds like this coming off the ocean", he said.

Sheikh Sabah claimed that the Qatari government was ready to discuss a list of 13 demands from its Arab neighbors. In July, however, Kushner said that finding a peace deal might not be possible.

We'll come together very quickly. "The hope has not ended yet". The statement, which said the countries "regret" several of the comments by Sheikh Sabah, represents an unusual rebuke in the clubby world of Gulf Arab nations. "But it is something that could happen", Trump said.

Trump also spoke to Qatar's al-Thani on Thursday.

"The Palestinians and Israelis, we are discussing, we are working".

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