Emir meets US president in New York

Gulf crisis will be solved pretty quickly, says Trump

 20 Sep 2017 - 12:39

Gulf crisis will be solved pretty quickly, says Trump
The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani with US President Donald Trump in New York.

QNA / Agencies

New York: The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed with US President, Donald Trump, the regional and international issues, notably the Gulf crisis and the exerted efforts to solve it through dialogue and diplomatic means.

At the outset of the meeting that took place Tuesday at the US president's residence at Palace Hotel in New York, the US president welcomed the Emir, highlighting the friendly relations that he and the Emir have had for long time.

The US president, who called the Emir "a friend", said after Tuesday's meeting that he believed the dispute would be solved quickly.

"We are right now in a situation where we are trying to solve a problem in the Middle East and I think we will get it solved. I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly," Trump said.

President Trump said the meeting touched on trade and a number of other issues and described the US-Qatari relationship as tremendous, especially since the recent meeting in Saudi Arabia, which, he said, was very important and historic, noting that this relationship must be stable and adding that he looks forward to more bilateral meetings in the future.

For his part, the Emir described the Qatari-US ties as very strong and historic, reiterating the US president's earlier remark that the recent meeting in the Saudi Arabia was very important.

The Emir said that Qatar was the first country to sign the counterterrorism agreement with the United States of America, adding that there are several bilateral agreements in the fields of trade as well as military and security cooperation.

Concerning the Gulf crisis, the Emir noted that there is a problem with neighboring countries and added that the efforts of the US president will help a lot in finding a solution, stressing Qatar's readiness and openness for dialogue.

The Emir welcomed Trump’s involvement. “As you said, Mr President, we have a problem with our neighbours and your interference will help a lot and I’m sure we can find a solution for this problem.”

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, reviewed cooperation ties and means of boosting them to wider horizons so as to enhance the strategic partnership between the two friendly countries in all fields.

The two sides also discussed efforts of both countries in combating terrorism and extremism as well as means of promoting and developing these efforts.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also met with the Prime Minister of the friendly United Kingdom, Theresa May, on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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