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

US President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Al-Sabah at the White House

US President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Al-Sabah at the White House

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (left) and US President Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office of the White House September 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"The crisis also extends to many other countries around the world that have been unable to declare their position because of Qatar's internal penetration in their societies, which made them concerned about possible consequences, especially that Qatar has precedents in supporting coups and in funding terrorism, extremist ideology and hate speech".

This is while analysts have touted the Qatar crisis as the fallout of Trump's visit to Riyadh in early June.

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Mr Trump first appeared to support Saudi Arabia in the crisis, but later came around to supporting Mr Tillerson's diplomatic efforts.

Watch the press conference below, courtesy of the White House. He applauded Kuwait's "critical contributions to regional stability" and repeated an offer to mediate himself, particularly between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

President Trump who staged a joint conference with the Kuwait leader shortly after his arrival in the White House also enjoined the leader and the Arab nations to all face alongside the United States their shared enemies. He suggested a deal would be "worked out very quickly" if he became personally involved.

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But Trump has sent conflicting signals about where he stands on the dispute. As the dispute has dragged on, the administration has dispatched other US envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative.

Sheikh Sabah claimed that the Qatari government was ready to discuss a list of 13 demands from its Arab neighbors. The statement, which said the countries "regret" several of the comments by Sheikh Sabah, represents an unusual rebuke in the clubby world of Gulf Arab nations. Qatar hosts a US military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

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