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Trump offers to mediate talks on Qatar crisis

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US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would be willing to step in and mediate the worst dispute in decades among the US-allied Gulf Arab states and Qatar, and said that he thinks a deal could come quickly.

“If I can help mediate between Qatar and, in particular, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so, and I think you would have a deal worked out very quickly,” Trump said at a joint news conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

“What is important is that we have stopped any military action,” Sheikh Sabah said.

Sheikh Sabah said he had received a letter from Qatar that expressed willingness to discuss a list of 13 demands from its neighbors.

“We know that not all of these 13 demands are acceptable,” Sheikh Sabah said.

“A great part of them will be resolved,” he said.

Kuwait’s Emir was in Washington on Thursday where he met with United States President Donald Trump to discuss several topics including the ongoing crisis involving Qatar and several of its neighboring countries.

During a joint press conference, Trump confirmed that the crisis began over several countries supporting the funding of terrorism over the years.