QATAR EMIR TO MEET US PRES TRUMP ON APRIL 10

DOHA, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet U.S. President Donald Trump on April 10 in Washington.

Trump met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on March 21 and his meeting with Qatari Emir will be followed by a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.

The White House said Trump would meet al-Thani to discuss ways to advance “common security and economic priorities” between the United States and Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off travel and trade ties with Qatar last June, accusing it of backing their archrival, Iran, and supporting terrorism.

Qatar has denied the charges and has said the boycott was an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty and rein in its support for reform.

Separately, Qatar has officially been invited to attend this year’s Arab League summit, set to be held in Riyadh on April 15.

“The state of Qatar has received the invitation to participate in the Arab Summit, and will participate, but we have not yet decided the level of participation”, Lulwa al-Khater, a spokesperson for Qatar’s foreign ministry, said.

Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman announced earlier in March that while he would not accept outside mediation in the resolution of the Gulf crisis, this would not stop Qatar from attending an Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia.

To be sure, the Arab League’s internal regulations require that host countries extend official invitations to all member-states.

Source: Nam News Agency