Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Sabah is leading a delegation to Washington DC where he met with US President Donald Trump on 5 September. Alongside economic ties, the Emir said “we have also discussed the situation in Iraq, and the catastrophic situation in Syria, and Yemen, and Libya.” Responding to questions on the ongoing Qatar crisis at a press conference following the talks, the Emir said “we still have hope that the dispute will be resolved between Qatar and its neighborly countries in the GCC. Especially that our friends in the US and our other friends are assisting us.”

When Mr Trump was asked whether he supported the Kuwaiti mediation he replied “While I do appreciate and respect the mediation, I would be willing to be the mediator… If I can help mediate between Qatar and, in particular, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so. And I think you’d have a deal worked out very quickly.” Despite Mr Trump’s assertion that he would be able to swiftly resolve the dispute that has been running for more than a year, neither side appears willing to back down any time soon. (CONTINUED - 193 WORDS)