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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Amir meets US Congress delegation


Doha-Washington ties continue to strengthen with recent back and forth visits between officials from both states.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has met with a US congress delegation at the Amiri Diwan on Sunday, following their meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

The delegation included representatives from different parts of the US. Qatar’s Amir met with  Jim Himes from the state of Connecticut, Eric Swalwell from California, Seth Moulton from Massachusetts, and Patrick Murphy from Florida.

During the meeting, the parties reviewed the strategic Qatar-US cooperation and exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues, the Amiri Diwan reported.

Read also: Qatari-US Strategic Dialogue: 2021 to be joint ‘Year of Culture’

Doha-Washington relations have been showing clear growth and strength over the past years.

The two states will likely take part in more discussions in the upcoming months, with Qatar and the US signing important memorandums covering various sectors. With the official declaration of 2021 being the joint Year of Culture between Doha and Washington, there seem to be greater chances of further cooperation.

Read also: What would a Biden presidency look like for Qatar, GCC region?

With Presidential elections coming up in less than a month, the US has been showcasing its Middle Eastern ties.

The Trump administration was able to get the signatures of the UAE and Bahrain for a dubbed “Peace Deal” to normalise their relations with its life-long ally, Israel.

US President Donald Trump has also been more keen to end the three-year-long blockade on Qatar by engaging in several talks behind the scenes, despite initially siding with the decision to sever ties with the Gulf state.

Despite efforts by blockading countries for its withdrawal, the largest US military base in the Middle East remains in Qatar, hosting 8,000 US service members and Department of Defense civilian employees.

“There is a strategic alliance between the US and Qatar based on mutual respect and common interests,” said Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s defense minister, in a recent Al Jazeera documentary.

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