Trump speaks with leaders of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar

Kuwait Emir to hold talks with Trump

Kuwait Emir to hold talks with Trump

President Donald Trump is meeting with the leader of Kuwait, a staunch USA ally trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis involving Qatar (KUH'-tur) and its Arab neighbors.

"The president also emphasized that all countries must follow through on commitments from the Riyadh Summit to defeat terrorism, cut off funding for terrorist groups, and combat extremist ideology", it said.

President Donald Trump's oldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during his father's campaign a year ago.

"Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt said that while they appreciate the mediation of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait and his commendable efforts in re-retaking the Qatari authorities to the right path as well as his statement about Qatar's willingness to recognise the 13 demands and its readiness to negotiate, they stress that the dialogue on the implementation of the demands should not be pre-conditioned", said the statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

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The White House said the President talked separately with the heads of state from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar Friday.

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, described what was said by the two leaders at the press conference as a "positive" development in the diplomatic crisis. "The United States and Kuwait both recognize the important of GCC unity to meet the challenges of the region that we all face together, not the least of which is the threats from Iran".

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait to the White House for an official working visit on September 7, 2017.

In his comments, Trump offered a pointed reminder that terrorism financing is at the heart of the crisis. As the dispute has dragged on, the administration has dispatched other USA envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative. In July, however, Kushner said that finding a peace deal might not be 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. Qatar hosts a USA military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

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