U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’d be happy to step in and mediate the worst dispute in years one of the U.S.-allied Arab nations and Qatar, and stated he believes a deal could come quickly.
“If I can help mediate between Qatar and, specifically, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, I’d be eager to do so, and I think you would have a deal worked out quite quickly,” Trump said in a joint news conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut trade and diplomatic links with Qatar on June 5, suspending air and shipping routes with the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, which is home to the area’s largest U.S. military base.
The states say Doha supports regional foe Iran and Islamists, charges Qatar’s leaders refuse. Kuwait has been attempting to mediate the dispute.
“What’s important is that we’ve ceased any military action,” Sheikh Sabah said.
While both sides in the dispute have mastered the use of armed forces, a few ordinary Qataris have said they fear about the possibility of military actions, given the ferocity of the criticism their nation has received from media in the four Arab nations.
Sheikh Sabah said he had received a letter from Qatar that expressed willingness to explore a list of 13 demands from its neighbours.
“We all know that not all these 13 requirements are okay,” Sheikh Sabah said, referring especially to problems which influenced Qatari sovereignty.
“A wonderful portion of them is going to be solved,” he said.
For its part, Doha said Trump had predicted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to talk about mediation attempts.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al Jazeera TV that any mediation needed to come “without conditions”, reiterating that Doha wouldn’t negotiate while transport links with neighbours remained trim.
The Arab powers reacted with a joint statement accusing Qatar of placing preconditions on negotiations that it said showed a lack of seriousness in resolving the dispute.
The four states reiterated an accusation which Qatar continued to fund terrorism and intervene in the internal affairs of other nations.
Qatari officials have repeatedly stated the requirements are so draconian that they suspect the four states never seriously meant to negotiate them and were rather seeing to hobble Doha’s sovereignty. At exactly the exact same time, they’ve said Qatar is interested in negotiating a fair and just solution to ‘any valid issues’ of concern to fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member states.
The joint announcement praised what the nations called Trump’s company assertion that the only way to solve the crisis was by stopping the backing and support of terrorism “and his unwillingness to solve the crisis unless this can be accomplished”.
They expressed regret about the Kuwaiti emir’s remark about quitting military intervention.
“The military option was not and won’t be (used) in any circumstance,” the announcement said.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail