USA steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait's mediation

USA steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait's mediation

USA steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait's mediation

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before the visit that it was aimed at getting Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations in the region to stand in "unity" with Israel and confront Iran.

President Donald Trump is meeting with the leader of Kuwait, a staunch US ally trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis involving Qatar (KUH'-tur) and its Arab neighbors. They say it is the world's most complex and hard deal, you know that. Trump applauded Kuwait's "critical contributions to regional stability".

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

Kuwait is a staunch American ally trying to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors. He did not identify those countries, but in June he had made reference to Saudi and other Arab complaints about Qatar. But he said: "We're going to give it our best". 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. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said negotiations were possible. We'll come together very quickly.

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Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a telephone conversation yesterday evening with President Donald Trump of the friendly United States of America.

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The U.S. president said he appreciated Kuwait's role as a mediator "very much", but said he, too, would be "willing to be the mediator".

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