WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his ties with Qatar were working “extremely well” as he welcomed Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to the White House for bilateral talks.
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President Trump added that “It’s a great honor to have the Emir of Qatar with us. He’s a friend of mine — knew him long before I entered the world of politics. He’s a great gentleman.”
Al-Thani told reporters the region could not tolerate “a war criminal” like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and he said the region cannot accept people who support terrorism. The two leaders spoke as the U.S. prepares to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria.