The Newest: Trump welcomes emir of Qatar to White Home
12 April, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
Qatar has been under siege since early June, when the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and its other neighbors severed ties over claims the small, gas-rich monarchy was funding terrorism, disrupting Gulf unity and fomenting opposition across the region.
The emir will also be joining the president for a working lunch that the White House said would focus on security and economic issues.
Trump hasn't repeated that charge recently and Qatar has since taken steps to address US concerns.
Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani can be on the White Home on Tuesday.
With America's allies in the Persian Gulf feuding with Qatar, there has been nearly zero progress toward resolving their dispute since it erupted 10 months ago.
The White House earlier said that Trump would meet Sheikh Tamim on Tuesday to discuss ways to advance "joint security and economic priorities" between the USA and Qatar.
President Donald Trump Tuesday applauded Qatar's efforts to stop funding terrorism, almost a year after accusing the Persian Gulf country of funding extremism at a "high level". "We've been cooperating with the United States of America to stop funding terrorism around the region". "We do not and we will not tolerate. people who fund terrorism". In a phone call last week, Trump credited the emir with working to counter terror financing and extremism.
Qatar has denied all those charges, and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the president to adopt a more neutral stance in the crisis. Qatar denies that charge but has taken steps to address US concerns.
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There have been other signs that Trump is warming to the Qataris.
The US State Department has given the green light to a $300 million sale of guided missiles to Qatar as Persian Gulf Arab states are stepping up purchasing state-of-the-art weaponry amid their diplomatic standoff.
His visit comes after Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman conducted a successful three-week U.S. visit.As a warmup to the visit, the State Department approved the sale of 5,000 Advance Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) to Qatar, including 5,000 high explosive warheads.
He also praised the Qatari emir for strongly advocating against extremism in the Middle East.
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