Hopes to resolve the Gulf dispute still open: Kuwait Amir

Posted September 11, 2017

"While I do appreciate and respect the mediation, I would be willing to be the mediator", Trump told reporters at a joint news conference alongside the emir of Kuwait.

In Washington on September 7, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah gave an upbeat assessment of his mediation efforts during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced on June 5 they had cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, accusing it of having ties with Shiite Iran and fundamentalist Islamist groups. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said negotiations were possible. 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.

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

"[A peace accord] is an event that's just never taken place", he said.

"The United States and Kuwait both recognize the importance of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) unity, to meet the challenges of the region that we all face together", Tillerson said.

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 risky conditions in the Sunshine State.

That hope appeared in jeopardy early Friday with a statement by the boycotting countries saying "any dialogue on meeting their demands should not be preceded by any prior conditions". I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen.

The ambassador said that the talks between the two leaders "would build on the outcome of their talks on the sidelines of the Gulf-American Summit in Riyadh in May".