President Donald Trump's Press Conference with Kuwaiti Ruler Emir Al Sabah

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President Donald Trump is meeting with the leader of Kuwait, a staunch US ally trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis involving Qatar (KUH'-tur) and its Arab neighbors.

Later Friday, the White House said Trump had spoken separately with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Qatar, which is a USA ally and hosts a large American military facility, has denied the allegations. Trump reasserted his demand for all countries to stop funding extremist groups. Qatar's only land border with Saudi Arabia has only been blocked as a result.

Trump told them that unity among Washington's Arab partners was essential to promoting regional stability and countering the threat of Iran, the statement said.

The US has given mixed signals on its policy to the Gulf crisis.

Watch the press conference below, courtesy of the White House.

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Trump immediately expressed staunch support for Saudi Arabia after the Arab states announced sanctions against Qatar, but some other U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adopted a more measured tone.

"We have great relationships with all of them right now; maybe better than we've ever had", Mr Trump said.

Riyadh and Doha are both key allies of the United States.

Trump, too, on Thursday offered support.

"The key thing is whether Trump stands on this [GCC crisis]". But the dispute has dragged on.

"While I do appreciate and respect the mediation, I would be willing to be the mediator", Trump told reporters at a joint news conference alongside the emir of Kuwait. He noted Qatar had been presented with a list of 13 demands by the other countries and was willing to discuss them. In July, however, Kushner said that finding a peace deal might not be possible. The statement, which said the countries "regret" several of the comments by Sheikh Sabah, represents an unusual rebuke in the clubby world of Gulf Arab nations.

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