Kuwait Emir confirms Qatar ready to meet, discuss 13 demands

President Trump holds a press conference at the White House on Thursday

President Trump holds a press conference at the White House on Thursday

Trump said he would be willing to act as a mediator in the bitter diplomatic dispute between Qatar and at least four Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia, a role so far taken up by Kuwait.

Trump told a news conference on Thursday that he would be willing to step in and mediate a dispute among the US -allied Arab states and Qatar, and said he thought a deal could come quickly.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss trade and military issues with the emir of Kuwait at the White House on Thursday, as well as tensions over Qatar. 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. At one point he said the dispute "began because of that fact that there has been massive funding of terrorism by certain countries".

Mr Trump boasted about increased counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing operations between the two countries, and praised the "tremendous investments" he said Kuwait had made in the US.

Sheikh Sabah claimed that the Qatari government was ready to discuss a list of 13 demands from its Arab neighbors. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible.

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Trump said Irma is much more powerful than Hurricane Harvey, but noted that while Harvey's damage was mostly due to flooding, Irma's winds promise unsafe conditions in the Sunshine State.

Trump also spoke to Qatar's al-Thani on Thursday. "Dialogue on the implementation of the demands should not be preceded by any conditions", they said in the joint statement, while voicing "regret" about the Kuwaiti ruler's statement "on the success of mediation in stopping military intervention". "I think we have a chance of doing it".

In a tweet through his official Twitter page, Trump wrote, "Together, we will show the world that the forces of destruction and extremism are NO MATCH for the BLESSINGS of PROSPERITY and PEACE!" "I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen, I think the Israelis would like to see it happen".

He has said that the Emir of Kuwait is now helping America in the Gulf and that "things are going well".

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