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Foreign Minister Touts Strong US-Qatar Relationship at AEI

 

On Thursday, February 1st, 2018 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar H.E. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke at American Enterprise Institute on the US-Qatar relationship, and newly signed bilateral agreements on cyber security, trade and investment, human trafficking, and joint defense.

 

The Foreign Minister highlighted five historic bilateral agreements signed by the US and Qatari governments during this week’s US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue:

This week our country met for a historic strategic dialogue, and signed five additional agreements, including: defending the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure for energy, strengthening trade investment and technology, developing international law enforcement to stop human trafficking, and continue joint defense commitments.

The US and Qatar’s steadfast partnership in the war against terrorism is supported by a strong alliance that was on full display during the US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue this week:

The US and Qatar have a unique partnership. When the US was searching for a home for its troops in the Middle East, Qatar welcomed them. Today, Qatar hosts the largest US foreign military air base in the world. In Qatar, 11,000 US troops, thousands of US teachers and students, and hundreds of US-owned companies are living and working in Qatar.

The US and Qatar have been allies for 45 years, we have dozens of agreements that memorialize our commitments to each other.

The Qatari delegation could not have been welcomed with wider arms.

His Excellency noted that the US and Qatar are committed to defeating radical extremism militarily and through offering hope to the region:

Qatar and the U.S. have been fighting terrorism together for many years. We agree that terrorism must not only be destroyed by all military efforts, but also by uplifting the oppressed with a vision of openness and hope through lasting social transformations.

The US and Qatar’s security cooperation is defined by clear goals, he said:

The joint US-Qatar anti-terrorism MoU established plans and milestones to achieve what we have set out to accomplish. There is a clear understanding at the State Department that the US and Qatar are partners in the fight against terrorism, not only in the terrorism financing front, but also in the military aspect.

 

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