PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS ON GULF ARAB STATES TO REUNITE WITH QATAR TO COUNTER IRAN THREAT




İrem Uzun –TDO- On September 10, President of the United States Donald Trump called on Saudi Arabia and other Arab States to unite with Qatar, resolve their issues, and show that they are united against Iran. He said that he wanted them to move together to promote stability in the region and to counter the threat that Iran is currently posing.

Earlier this year, the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, as well as all trade, shipping and air ties. Qatar is where a huge US military base is located. The reason was because of the close relationship between Iran and Qatar. Doha, however, denies there is any truth behind the accusations.  

According to the statement from the White House, Trump separately spoke with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Qatar's Emir and President Trump said he wants the commitments made at the Riyadh Summit to be realised.

On September 10, Saudi and Qatari leaders spoke on the telephone for the first time since the beginning of the dispute. Thani of Qatar said that there was a possibility, and a willingness on the Qatari side, to discuss a settlement of their dispute, according to media reports.  

In the meantime, officials from Kuwait and US met in Washington. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump said they backed efforts to mediate the Gulf Arab dispute by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. “We support his efforts to help bring about a settlement. The United States and Kuwait both recognize the important of unity to meet the challenges of the region that we all face together, not the least of which is the threats from Iran,” Tillerson said.