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FACT SHEET: The U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue: The Strengthened and Expanded Bilateral Relationship

 

The governments of the State of Qatar and the United States held the inaugural Strategic Dialogue in Washington D.C. on January 30, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis co-chaired the opening session jointly with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Khalid al-Attiyah and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. U.S. Secretary of Energy James R. Perry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. participated in sessions with Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed al-Sada and Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, respectively. U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin and Qatari Minister of Finance Ali Sharif al-Emadi co-chaired the closing ceremony.

 

Dialogue Key Points

  • Stated the strengthened and expanded bilateral relationship
  • Welcomed the U.S. role on countering threats of terrorism and violent extremism. Agreed on the need to address violent extremism through preventive framework. Thanked Qatar for its action to counter terrorism and violent extremism in all forms
  • Acknowledged Qatar’s generous humanitarian role and commitments made by Qatar on combating human trafficking and advancing labor rights
  • Issued a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation
  • Lauded Qatar’s contributions in supporting the sizeable U.S. military presence in Qatar under the U.S. Central Command. Welcomed Qatar’s offer to expand critical facilities at U.S. bases in the country. Qatari funding of capital expenditures and sustainment offers the possibility of an enduring presence
  • Noted the $24.7 billion Foreign Military Sales, and that they have resulted in over 110,000 American jobs and the sustainment of critical military capabilities for the United States
  • Noted the recent conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Attorney General and his Qatari counterpart on the fight against terrorism and its financing and combating cyber-crime
  • Highlighted Qatar’s committed investment of $45 billion in American firms, real estate, and jobs
  • Agreed bilateral agreements on trade, investment, and technology

 

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