Trump speaks with leaders of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar

Kuwait Emir to hold talks with Trump

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"I think we have a chance of doing it", he told reporters during a White House news conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. The leaders "also discussed the continued threat Iran poses to regional stability".

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

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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Later Friday, the White House said Trump had spoken separately with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, described what was said by the two leaders at the press conference as a "positive" development in the diplomatic crisis.

"We know that not all of these 13 demands are acceptable", Sheikh Sabah said, referring particularly to issues that affected Qatari sovereignty.

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Riyadh and Doha are both key allies of the United States. And he suggested he could help strike a quick deal.

Trump initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia, but then he instructed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to support the Kuwaiti mediation effort.

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait to the White House for an official working visit on September 7, 2017. As the dispute has dragged on, the administration has dispatched other USA envoys to bolster the 88-year-old Kuwaiti emir's initiative. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible.

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The four Arab countries now boycotting Qatar say they "regrets" several comments by the Kuwaiti emir, signaling the diplomatic crisis is far from over. Qatar hosts a USA military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

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