U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss trade and military issues with the emir of Kuwait at the White House on Thursday, as well as tensions over Qatar.
When the dispute erupted three months ago, Trump initially appeared to side with Saudi Arabia but later instructed his team to support Kuwait's mediation efforts.
Trump, welcoming Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to the White House, said Kuwait was helping the United States in the Gulf and things were "coming along nicely".
"Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt said that while they appreciate the mediation of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait and his commendable efforts in re-retaking the Qatari authorities to the right path as well as his statement about Qatar's willingness to recognise the 13 demands and its readiness to negotiate, they stress that the dialogue on the implementation of the demands should not be pre-conditioned", said the statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA). Qatar, which hosts a US military base critical to the effort to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has long denied funding extremists.
Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, of ties to Iran and to terrorist groups.
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In his comments, Trump offered a pointed reminder that terrorism financing is at the heart of the crisis. During a joint press conference, Trump confirmed that the crisis began over several countries supporting the funding of terrorism over the years.
For his part, Sheikh Sabah said he remained hopeful that a resolution to the crisis could be reached. Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible. "The hope has not ended yet".
Trump also touched on peace talks between Israel and Palestine, saying there is a "chance" for a Middle East peace settlement, long one of the most elusive goals of USA diplomacy.
"We support his efforts to help bring about a settlement", Tillerson said of the Kuwaiti leader. "I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen, I think the Israelis would like to see it happen".
He has said that the Emir of Kuwait is now helping America in the Gulf and that "things are going well". Qatar hosts a US military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.