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Sheikh Sabah, the emir of Kuwait and Donald Trump to discuss the Qatar crisis. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss trade and military issues with the emir of Kuwait at the White House on Thursday, as well as tensions over Qatar.

Trump, welcoming Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to the White House, said Kuwait was helping the United States in the Gulf and things were “coming along nicely.”

Kuwait has been mediating in hopes of settling dispute with Qatar over support for extremist organizations. Each of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have led a boycott and cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in what later came to be known as the ‘Qatar Crisis.’

More so, Qatar has reportedly hired a public relations company to improve relations with the Jewish community worldwide while strengthening relations with the United States, said Gulf News UAE’s biggest selling English language newspaper.

Stonington is headed by Nick Muzin, a doctor, lawyer and Republican strategist who is active in Jewish affairs.

“Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of the United States and the Jewish community,” Muzin was quoted as saying by the news outlet.

Recently, a leaked report emerged in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, saying that Tel Aviv was toying with the idea of closing down Al Jazeera’s Occupied Jerusalem bureau — comparing it to Nazi propaganda.

That has not happened, however — the story is increasingly appearing to be aimed at giving Qatar a facelift in the Arab world by appearing to be a foe of Israel.

In fact, Tel Aviv remains supportive of the Qatari regime, albeit discretely.

The two countries have maintained cordial relations, with former President Shimon Peres twice visiting Qatar.