President Donald Trump listens as Kuwait leader Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP)

September 12, 2017

According to a White House spokesperson, on September 8th, U.S. President Donald Trump urged Saudi Arabia and other Arab states to resolve their differences with Qatar and present a united front against Iran.

In separate discussions, Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Crown Prince, Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Unity among the Arab partners of the U.S. is essential to promoting regional stability and countering the threat of Iran, Trump reportedly told them.

The leaders “discussed the continued threat Iran poses to regional stability,” the White House spokesperson said. ”The president also emphasized that all countries must follow through on commitments from the Riyadh Summit to defeat terrorism, cut off funding for terrorist groups, and combat extremist ideology.”

On September 7th, Trump said that he’s willing to mediate the dispute between Qatar and other Gulf Arab states, and that he thought a deal could be quickly reached.

In the meantime, Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson endorsed an effort to mediate the Gulf Arab dispute by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, as Kuwaiti officials visited Washington during the week. On September 8th, Tillerson said, “We support his efforts to help bring about a settlement.”

He continued, “The United States and Kuwait both recognize the important of [Gulf Cooperation Council] unity to meet the challenges of the region that we all face together, not the least of which is the threats from Iran.”

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