Trump meets Qatari emir, predicts quick end to crisis

Thursday, 21 Sep, 2017

"I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly", Trump said during his meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in NY.

Trump and Sheikh Tamim later held a meeting in which the emir was careful to emphasize the strong Qatar-U.S. relationship after Trump appeared to be more sympathetic to the Saudi position at the start of the crisis. "I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly", Trump told reporters. Qatar is home to the largest USA military base in the Middle East.

"The countries who imposed the blockade on the state of Qatar interfere in the internal affairs of many countries, and accuse all those who oppose them domestically and overseas with terrorism".

The speech capped the emir's first foreign trip since his country was isolated by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab states in June.

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In one of the worst diplomatic disputed to hit the Persian Gulf region in decades, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and slapped an economic embargo on the country, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

During his address, the Emir said that his people felt betrayed by the hacking of QNA, as well as the ensuing blockade.

Underscoring that extremism and terrorism remain the most serious challenges confronting the world, the Amir of Qatar called on leaders to take concerted action against terrorist organizations and their extremist ideologies to maintain global security and stability.

The Qatari emir also said that he believed Trump's "interference will help a lot" in the dispute.