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Qatari Defense Minister Speaks at Heritage Foundation

On Monday, January 29, 2018, H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah spoke at the Heritage Foundation on U.S.-Qatar military relations and Qatar’s military, economic, and political future.

Dr. al-Attiyah serves as both Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar and has previously served as President of the National Human Rights Committee.

He is in Washington, DC along with three other Qatari ministers for a strategic dialogue with the U.S. Secretaries of State, Defense, Treasury, and Commerce. His talk was with John “JV” Venable, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, who has served at al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.

The discussion centered around cooperation between the militaries of Qatar and America, as well as recent major defense acquisitions by the Qatari military, such as the recent $6 billion sale of 36 F-15 fighter jets to Qatar, creating 60,000 new jobs in the U.S.

Qatar is building up its military substantially to serve as a more impactful partner for American counterterrorism operations.

Venable and Dr. al-Attiyah cited the benefit reaped by each nation from the partnership – the United States in its counterterrorism fights across the Middle East and Central Asia, and Qatar’s Boeing C-17 aircraft that helped transport food and supplies immediately following the diplomatic siege.

Dr. al-Attiyah spoke optimistically of Qatar’s future, repeatedly citing Qatar’s National Vision 2030 as a roadmap for Qatar’s sustainable development and expanded partnership with the U.S.

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