'Cooperation Between American and Kuwait Has Never Been Stronger'

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U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss trade and military issues with the emir of Kuwait at the White House on Thursday, as well as tensions over Qatar.

The President also stressed the importance of defeating terrorism by cutting off funding and preventing the spread of their extremist ideology.

This is the Kuwaiti Amir's first visit to the United States during Trump's presidency and comes after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut relations with Qatar in June 2017, accusing the country of supporting extremism. "If I can help mediate between Qatar and in particular the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so", he said.

Watch the press conference below, courtesy of the White House.

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The meeting will address bilateral relations and regional and global developments of mutual interest, and cooperation in the fight against terror will figure high on the summit's agenda, the envoy said, stressing that Kuwait is a major partner to the U.S. in the war on terror. "The United States and Kuwait both recognize the important of GCC unity to meet the challenges of the region that we all face together, not the least of which is the threats from Iran".

In a phone conversation on August 30, Trump told the Saudi monarch that a diplomatic resolution was necessary in order to fulfill a commitment Washington and its regional allies had made to stay united while fighting terrorism.

"The key thing is whether Trump stands on this [GCC crisis]".

Trump initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia, but then he instructed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to support the Kuwaiti mediation effort. But the dispute has dragged on. He noted that Qatar had been presented with a list of 13 demands by the other countries and was willing to discuss them. In July, however, Kushner said that finding a peace deal might not be possible. Qatar hosts a USA military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria. 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.