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Qatar boycotters dismiss remarks by Kuwaiti emir

12 September 2017

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.

At a White House news conference with Sheikh Sabah, Trump said he appreciated the emir's thus-far unsuccessful bid to end the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

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!"

Trump immediately expressed staunch support for Saudi Arabia after the Arab states announced sanctions against Qatar, but some other USA officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adopted a more measured tone. 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.

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 negotiations were possible.

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Through a translator the Amir spoke of the differences his country is having with Qatar.

"And there may be no solution, but it's one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on", Kushner said.

Trump acknowledged that previous administrations had come close to, yet never reached, a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

"For Trump to say "I support the Kuwaiti emir in his diplomacy and if it doesn't work I am ready to step in and bring them all to the White House", this is a different language than the language that we heard before". It is a three-day visit as part of the second annual U.S. -Kuwait Strategic Dialogue, according to The National. Qatar hosts a US military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

Qatar boycotters dismiss remarks by Kuwaiti emir