Category: International Relations

Mark Fahleson Discusses US-Qatar Relationship

Mark Fahleson, attorney and former Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party, appeared on the John Fredericks Show, where he talked about his recent visit to Qatar. During his time in Qatar, he visited the Al Udeid Air Base, where he realized the significance of the tremendous presence the United States has because of the American air base and the 10,000 American troops.

 

He expressed how grateful he is for such a great relationship with Qatar, and pointed out the great benefits of the relationship for the US in combatting terrorism and promoting regional security. Moreover, Fahleson visited Education City, home of the campuses of several American universities, which he described as one of the most amazing educational facilities he has ever seen.

 

Lastly, Fahleson discussed the illegal blockade on Qatar, and pointed out the fact that Qatar’s economy has improved and the country is in a much better position now that it strengthened its relations with the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

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QAI Hosts Doha Debates Watch Party

On July 24, the Qatar-America Institute hosted a watch party for the Doha Debates forum on globalization. Doha Debates, a production of Qatar Foundation, is a series of discussions about urgent global topics such as refugee crisis, water scarcity, or gender inequality.

The debate on globalization featured three speakers with different perspectives: Sisonke Msimang, South African author and journalist focused on gender, race and democracy; Medea Benjamin, American co-founder of human rights group Global Exchange and peace group Code Pink; and Parag Khanna, Indian American author, journalist and founder of data-driven strategic firm FutureMap. The discussion was moderated by Ghida Fakhry, International broadcast journalist and award–winning presenter.

The panelists highlighted both positive and negative effects of globalization. A major theme throughout the debate was the fact that although globalization may have reduced extreme poverty globally, its positive impacts have not helped everyone. Some of the negative effects of globalization that were mentioned were its impact on the environment and on localities, and the inequality caused by corporate-led globalization.

The debate on globalization was held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Viewers around the globe were able to contribute to the debate using the hashtag #DearWorld on Twitter and vote online on the panelists’ positions. The next event will focus on climate change and water, and will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in September.

 

 

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Jason Emert, YR Chairman Breaks Down US-Qatar Relationship

Jason Emert, Chairman of Young Republican National Federation, appeared on the John Fredericks Show to discuss his recent visit to Doha as part of a delegation. Emert stated that Qatar is a great ally economically and militarily, and he is excited for the future of this relationship.

During his visit to Qatar, he met with US military leaders who told him how much they value the partnership with the Qatari military, and how important the partnership is for US national security. He also talked about the blockade, and pointed out how Qatar was able to adapt, and became a very successful economy by having a broad reach across the world and being dependent on themselves.

 

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President Trump Gives a Warm Welcome to Qatar’s Amir

On July 8th, 2019,  the Emir of Qatar, H. H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and other high-ranking cabinet officials, such as Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended a dinner hosted by Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Treasury, at the Treasury Department in honor of the Emir’s official visit to the U.S. The dinner was also presided by President Donald Trump.

At the dinner, Secretary Mnuchin acclaimed Qatar’s strategic partnership and efforts in the fight against terrorist financing by stating the following:

 

”I am pleased that you have joined us in the Middle East region to open the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center.  We are sharing intelligence and operational capabilities to ensure that our financial system is not used by those seeking violence… Our governments continue to work together on your counter-terror financing legislation, and we are grateful for your country’s commitment to uphold the U.N. counter-terror obligations.”

Furthermore, during the dinner, President Trump praised US-Qatar military-to-military strategic relations and cooperation by adding the following:

 

“I know everything is going to be very positive. You’ve been a great ally, and you’ve helped us with a magnificent military installation and military airport, the likes of which people haven’t seen in a long while.”

Instead, on July 9th, 2019, President Trump hosted  H. H. Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the White House for a bilateral meeting. At the White House, the President and the Emir discussed regional security in the Gulf region and their economic and military partnerships.

 

During the meeting, H. H. Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani highlighted and emphasized the close ties between respective countries by stating that:

“…our economic partnership has been more than $185 billion, and we’re planning to double this number…We have a lot of investments in the U.S.  We trust the economy here.  We do a lot in the infrastructure, and we’re planning to do more investments.”

 

Subsequently, the two leaders signed a commitment which includes, among other things, the purchase of Boeing Airplanes, the agreement between Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company LLC and Qatar Petroleum on petrochemical development in Qatar.

The Emir’s visit and the signing of the agreement illustrated the strength and vibrancy of bilateral and diplomatic ties between Qatar and the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

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Key Remarks by President Trump, HH Amir Al Thani, and Secretary Mnuchin

On July 8th, 2019, the Emir of Qatar was the guest of honor at a dinner thrown by Secretary Mnuchin, with both President Trump and Qatari Amir Al-Thani providing remarks. The following day, the Amir met with President Trump at the White House and both leaders proceeded to comment on the bilateral relationship between the United States and Qatar.

 

Remarks by President Trump and Amir Al Thani of the State of Qatar Before Bilateral Meeting

 

AMIR AL-THANI

“…our economic partnership has been more than $185 billion, and we’re planning to double this number…We have a lot of investments in the U.S.  We trust the economy here.  We do a lot in the infrastructure, and we’re planning to do more investments.”

– H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

July 2019

 

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP

“We have a great operation — military operation — right now in Qatar.  They built one of the great military bases, I would say, anywhere in the world.”

– President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump
July 2019

 

 

 

Remarks at Dinner Hosted by the Secretary of the Treasury  in Honor of the Amir of the State of Qatar

 

SECRETARY MNUCHIN

“We appreciate your support with us in the fight against terrorist financing and your support for our strategic military presence … I am pleased that you have joined us in the Middle East region to open the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center.  We are sharing intelligence and operational capabilities to ensure that our financial system is not used by those seeking violence… Our governments continue to work together on your counter-terror financing legislation, and we are grateful for your country’s commitment to uphold the U.N. counter-terror obligations.”

– Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin
July 2019

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP

“I have to say that the investments that you make in the United States — one of the largest in the world — but the investments that you make are very much appreciated.  And I know the planes you’re buying and all of the other things you’re investing in.  And I view it differently; I view it as jobs.  Because for me, it’s jobs…”

“I know everything is going to be very positive. You’ve been a great ally, and you’ve helped us with a magnificent military installation and military airport, the likes of which people haven’t seen in a long while.”

“…I understand there’s been another $8 billion invested [Al-Udeid Air Base]. Thank goodness it was mostly your money, not ours. In fact, even better — it was all of their money, not ours. That’s even better.”

– President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump
July 2019

 

AMIR AL THANI

“Qatar and the U.S. are working together to eradicate terrorism and its financing, wherever it may take root, to ensure a more peaceful and secure world.”

– H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
July 2019

 

“We continue our mutual commitment to remain closely invested in both military and security alliance, as we are expanding Al Udeid Air Base to accommodate U.S. troops and their families… And our political cooperation in the wider region creates stability so that economic development can flourish.”

– H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

July 2019

 

“Together, our two countries continue to seek more investment opportunities to further enhance our common prosperity.  Qatar is one of the fastest-growing economies in the Middle East, and American companies are a treasured part of Qatar’s success and development.  We have a long history of exchanging expertise and resources, and oil and gas, to make both countries top energy exporters.”

– H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

July 2019

 

“Our partnership also growing in many non-energy sectors.  One being the exciting back-to-back World Cup 2022 in Qatar and 2026 in the U.S.  This year, our mutual economic partnership is estimated at $185 billion — a number which we both intend to grow.  This has already created more than half a million American jobs.”

– H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

July 2019

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US Chargé d’Affaires says US-Qatar Ties Have Never Been Better

On July 8, 2019, William Grant, the Chief of Mission in Qatar and US Chargé d’Affaires affirmed that the strategic partnership between the United States and Qatar has reached historic heights on every level. Mr. Grant stated that the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s repeated visits to the US are a representative to the strong and rapidly growing bilateral relationship between the two countries.

 

HH the Amir has just arrived back in Washington, D.C. on yet another one of the mentioned trips. Upon his arrival, HH the Amir was greeted by and met with Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper.

 

Tomorrow, July 9, 2019, HH the Amir will meet with President Trump and other senior US officials to discuss the relations between the United States and Qatar that will cover topics such as trade, military, and the illegal blockade. Qatar is host to roughly 11,000 American troops that are based out of Al-Udeid Air Base.

 

The US and Qatar share goals of counter terrorism, regional security and stability, and to combat criminal threats. In regard to this, Grant has applauded the cooperation of the US and Qatar on human trafficking, money laundering, and countering terrorism financing.

 

The US and Qatar have strong trade relations, which will be a focal point of the talks between HH the Amir and President Trump. Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical recently announced a partnership to develop the region’s largest ethane cracker in Ras Laffan, which will open in 2025.

 

Mr. Grant recognized the increasing number of Qataris that visit America for vacations, education, and professional reasons; He stated that “we recognize the ever-growing people-to-people ties between Qatar and the US. Thousands of students from Qatar choose to pursue their higher education at more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the US which are consistently ranked as the top performing schools in the world.”

 

Mr. Grant stressed that resolving the regional dispute has lasted too long and it is in the interest of the entire Gulf region and in the interest of the United States as well. And he added praise over Qatar’s generous aid to needy families in Gaza. He went on to state that “now more than ever, it is imperative that the GCC is united against regional threats. We have important work to do together.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Qatar Donates $300,000 to Lone Star College to Assist Students Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Lone Star College, Texas, just received a donation of $300,000 from the Qatar Harvey Fund (QHF). The purpose of this donation was to provide financial aid through scholarships to students impacted by the Hurricane Harvey.

 

“The goal became to create scholarship funds that would allow students to continue their education or give them an opportunity to enroll at a university,” said Stephen Head, Chancellor of Lone Star College.

 

The category 4 hurricane interrupted many students’ studies and impacted their finances. 300 students will be able to return to school thanks to scholarships from the Qatar Harvey Fund. Scholarships will be available to students in the fall and winter of 2020. In addition, students will receive financial support for mental and emotional health services, tuition and other education-related costs.

 

“We have heard so much about the negative ripple effect of Hurricane Harvey on the communities of southeast Texas. The damage goes far beyond physical damage and people are still recovering from the enormous financial burden that caused so many to stop or delay their education in order to meet urgent needs,” said His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S.

 

QHF has donated $3,25 million Texas’ colleges in 2019 alone to assist students impacted by the Hurricane. Qatar pledges to give $30 million to help the people of Texas to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

 

 

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Qatar Emiri Air Force Mirages Fly with U.S. B-52H and F-35As

 

Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Mirage 2000s, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress, and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019.This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Qatar Fund for Development Releases 2018 Annual Report

On Monday, the Qatar Fund for Development released its 2018 annual report. The report documents $585 million in projects in education, healthcare, economic empowerment, infrastructure, and humanitarian relief in 70 different countries.

QFFD structures its grants in coordination with other organizations and donors, allowing it to mobilize billions of dollars of funding in total. Some of the projects QFFD supported in 2018 include the following:

$52 million to support healthcare, housing and vocational training in Syria and for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

$30 million supporting relief and reconstruction following Hurricane Harvey, including $5 million to the Rebuild Texas Fund, $1.2 million to the YMCA of Greater Houston, $3.2 million in scholarships for students affected by the hurricane, $6 million dollars for the “Qatar Veterans Fund” in partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and more.

$3.5 million in support of healthcare and shelter for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, in coordination with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and local NGOs.

$8 million supporting healthcare projects in Libya, benefiting 600,000 people.

$6.5 million in healthcare projects in Yemen, supporting 680,000 people.

$75 million in emergency response aid to Gaza, as well as $50 million in support to the UN Refugee and Works Agency

 

At the unveiling of the report, the Director General of Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), H.E. Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari stated that  from 2015 till May 2019, the total aid amounted to QR 8.15 billion, which equates to US$ 2.24 billion.  The previous year (2018) the Fund’s assistance reached $585 million, with 206.7 million in in humanitarian aid and US$ 378.6 million in development assistance.

Mr. Al Kuwari also added that “This aid was distributed geographically among 70 countries around the world. The total value of aid to Arab countries amounted to $451.8 million, whereas the aid to Africa totaled to $64 million, Asia $28.5 million and $17.9 million was disbursed in aid to North and South America. In terms of international and multilateral organizations, the amount of assistance provided for core funding has reached $20.1 million.”

 

Speaking about the Fund’s work, Mr. Al Kuwari noted: “The Fund’s work is focused on empowering people through the promotion of education, health and economic development. This is visible in the increase in the annual allocations of these sectors which reflects our belief that these sectors serve as the foundation for human and economic development and a gateway for achieving peace and justice.

Some of the organizations QFFD either supported or worked with include: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); The World Health Organization; and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 

 

 

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QAI & Qatar Airways Support Luke’s Wings and Wounded Veterans

Qatar Airways and the Qatar-America Institute together donated two round-trip business class tickets to Doha to Luke’s Wings – a nonprofit dedicated to supporting wounded American veterans and their families. Luke’s Wings is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that arranges flights for wounded veterans and their families. The tickets were the highest bid-on item at the silent auction at Luke’s Wings’ annual Heroes Gala.

Luke’s Wings was founded in 2008 after Sarah Wingfeld, a Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador, visited Walter Reed Medical Center. She met Luke Shirley, a double amputee recovering away from most of his loved ones. Seeing how quickly his demeanor changed when his mom walked in, she realized the impact loved ones have in supporting soldiers’ recovery.

 

 

Sarah and Luke’s Wings co-founder Fletcher Gill learned the US government only provides three flights for loved ones to be present upon initial injury, after which families must finance their own transportation to medical centers. Luke’s Wings – named after Luke Shirley and Sarah Wingfeld – was established to raise money so families could visit their loved ones at Walter Reed.

In 2012, Luke’s Wings secured enough funding to hire three full-time workers, allowing it to expand its work across the country. Today, Luke’s Wings serves military medical facilities, VA medical centers, and hospice facilities across the United States and has provided airfare for families internationally and across all 50 states.

 

 

 

 

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