President Trump enjoins Kuwait, Arab nations to fight their shared enemies
Sep 11 2017
During the news conference on September 7, Trump offered to mediate in the crisis, saying he believed the dispute could be solved "fairly easily". "If I can help mediate between Qatar and in particular the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so", he said.
The Saudi-led Arab countries, also close US allies, have presented Qatar with a list of 13 demands to restore relations, which the Qataris have so far rejected.
The meeting will address bilateral relations and regional and global developments of mutual interest, and cooperation in the fight against terror will figure high on the summit's agenda, the envoy said, stressing that Kuwait is a major partner to the United States in the war on terror.
When the dispute erupted three months ago, Trump initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia but later instructed his team to support Kuwait's mediation efforts. Even Trump himself pointed this out in a tweet during the conflict's early days.
This is the Kuwaiti Amir's first visit to the United States during Trump's presidency and comes after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut relations with Qatar in June 2017, accusing the country of supporting extremism.
This might explain the sudden push to isolate Doha, under the pretext that it has close ties with Iran as well as the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
His comments came in a joint news conference with the Kuwaiti emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in Washington on Thursday.
Kuwait has been trying to mediate the dispute between Qatar and its US-allied Arab neighbors. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said negotiations were possible.
Tillerson said he and his Kuwaiti counterparts also discussed the emirate's employment of guest workers from North Korea.
On the demands, he said that "any matters that affect sovereignty are unacceptable to us", underlining that Kuwait guarantees it would put pressure on Qatar amid efforts to prevent its exit from the GCC.
For his part, Sheikh Sabah said he remained hopeful that a resolution to the crisis could be reached.