Skip to comments.Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders to visit Trump in March, April
Posted on 02/24/2018 7:04:51 AM PST by Eddie01
Senior Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will meet with US President Donald Trump in the next couple of months, Reuters reports US officials as saying, amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani are all planning to have bilateral visits with Trump in March and April, a senior US official said.
The agenda will include setting up a Gulf Cooperation Council summit, the official said, which Washington hopes will be held later this year, as well as Middle East peace and Iran.
The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut off travel and trade ties with Qatar last June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges and says the countries aim to curtail its sovereignty.
Washington is hoping to lay the groundwork for a summit by the summer.
We would hope the dispute is resolved before the summit to allow maximum focus on other strategic concerns like Iran, another US official said.
Qatar is host to US and international forces at Al Udeid Air Base, which is home to the Combined Air Operations Centre. The centre coordinates an array of data and intelligence from satellites, drones, radar and US planes flying over hot spots in the Middle East and bombing Daesh positions.
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