“Our relationship between Qatar and the United States has been more than 45 years. It’s a very strong, solid relationship. Our economic partnership is more than $125 billion, and our aim and goal is to double it in the next coming years.”
– H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (April 2018)
On April 9th, 2019, more than 1,000 Qatari and American government dignitaries, leaders in business, academia, and civil society, and citizens from both countries gathered in a celebration hosted by the US embassy in Doha, Qatar, to celebrate the United States’ National Day and over 40 years of US-Qatar relations.
Among the honorary guests were US Chargé d’Affaires William Grant, H.E. the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie, H.E. the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, and ambassador Ibrahim Yousef Fakhro, director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In a speech, Mr. Grant highlighted the strong ties between the American and Qatari people across different fields, especially in exchanges related to culture, education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
“We enjoy working with Qatar because we see so many values we prize – tolerance of people with different religions and backgrounds, a constant drive to improve and focus on the future. Both America and Qatar understand that through diversity and openness to others there is strength. There is progress. There is resilience.”
Mr. Grant highlighted various US-Qatar exchanges, such as the “International Visitor Leadership Program,” one of many programs this year focusing on disaster preparedness, women in civil society, and combating money laundering and the terrorism-financing which hosted more than 500 Qatari citizens in the US recently.
Mr. Grant also mentioned the successful US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Doha , which discussed areas of mutual interest such as energy cooperation, labor rights, regional security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, education and others.
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U.S. Embassy’s National Day Celebrates Enduring American-Qatari Partnership Doha – The U.S. Embassy in Doha hosted its National Day celebration on Tuesday evening, its biggest event of the year. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Grant welcomed guests of honor H.E. Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications; H.E. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment; and H.E. Ambassador Ibrahim Yousef Fakhroo. More than 1,000 Qatari officials, foreign dignitaries, American citizens, and leaders from business, academia, and civil society gathered to celebrate the United States’ independence. . . . #usqatar #qatar #qatar🇶🇦 #qatarinstagram #doha #dohaqatar
Recently, the US Embassy in Qatar hosted a week-long festival called “Discover America,” in which more than 150 American and Qatari entities had the opportunity to promote joint military practices, arts, trade, and tourism, especially for the US engagements in FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.