Trump to host emir of Qatar in July

Trump to host emir of Qatar in July
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 SandersApril Ryan on 'farewell drinks' for Sarah Sanders: 'I won't be there!' Huckabee downplays daughter Sarah Sanders's 'imminent' run for Arkansas governor Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time 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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Dershowitz: With 'Mideast Marshall plan,' Abbas can help — or hurt — Palestinians Palestinian leaders reject Kushner's economic plan for region 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.