WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will host Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the White House next month, the White House said in a statement on Friday.
The two leaders will discuss "economic and security ties" and counterterrorism issues during the July 9 visit, the White House said, amid a US effort to build pressure on the Iranian regime.
Qatar has maintained cordial relations with Tehran even as other Arab states led by Saudi Arabia have cooperated with Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran.
Saudi Arabia and its allies the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have boycotted Qatar for two years, unhappy about Doha's insistence on maintaining its own approach to regional relations and links with Iran and terrorist organizations. Doha denies any such links.
Qatar is also slated to take part in the June 25-26 Bahrain conference on the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, where Washington hopes to raise financial pledges to support the Palestinian economy