Trump to host emir of Qatar in July

Trump to host emir of Qatar in July
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE will meet with the emir of Qatar at the White House next month to discuss regional issues as the administration faces potential delays in the rollout of its Middle East peace plan.

The White House announced Friday that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will visit the White House on July 9. The two leaders will discuss regional developments, bilateral security cooperation and counterterrorism issues, press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders: Democrats should 'quit lying and do their jobs' Biden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' MORE Sanders said in a statement.

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The emir last visited the White House in April 2018.

This visit comes as the Trump administration continues building support for its long-awaited Middle East peace plan. White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia Trump administration releases new 'public charge' rule making it easier to reject immigrants The road from Jerusalem to Riyadh still runs through Ramallah MORE visited Qatar and other Arab nations in the region earlier this year to speak with diplomats about the effort.

An economic summit aimed at developing benefits for the Palestinian people is set to take place later this month in Bahrain. Qatar is expected to participate.

But the unveiling of the peace plan is likely to be delayed as the Israeli government faces new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE failed to form a governing coalition.