Quick View: Trump Comments Brighten Resolution Prospects, But Obstacles Remain
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah met with US President Donald Trump in Washington on September 7 2017. Following the meeting, both leaders expressed optimism that the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf could be resolved 'quickly'. The emir pointed to Doha's willingness to negotiate with the Quartet (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) over its '13 demands' against Qatar. Trump urged unity within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and progress by its members in countering terrorism. While reiterating support for the emir's efforts to resolve the crisis, Trump also offered to mediate between the disputing parties himself.