Washington (April 11, 2018): United States President Donald Trump has praised his country’s ties with Qatar as he welcomed the Qatari emir to the White House for talks on a number of issues, including the months-long Gulf diplomatic crisis.
Speaking to reporters alongside Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Trump said on Tuesday that the US and Qatar “have been great friends in so many ways” and “are working very well together”.“We are working on unity in that part of the Middle East and I think it’s working out very well; there are lot of good things happening,” added the US president.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain – all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Doha on June 5, 2017, and imposed a land, sea and air embargo, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.
For his part, Sheikh Tamim hailed Trump’s role in trying to find a solution to the ongoing Gulf rift. “I would like to thank the president for him being involved personally in solving the GCC crisis,” said Al-Thani.“He’s been very helpful, he’s been supporting us during this blockade and I would also like to thank the American people for being very supportive.
“And his [Trump’s] role is very vital to end this crisis in our region,” Sheikh Tamim added. The two leaders also discussed the Syria war and Qatar’s role in combatting groups that sponsor “terrorism”.
“We do not and we will not tolerate people who fund terrorism,” said Sheikh Tamim, adding that the two countries were “cooperating to stop funding terrorism around the region”. The US has approved a $300m sale of guided missiles to Qatar.