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Posted On: 9 July 2019 09:55 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

H.H. The Amir welcomed in Washington; met with Acting US Secretary of Defense

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His Highness (H.H.) the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani arrived in Washington DC Monday on an official visit to the United States of America (US).

H.H. The Amir given grand welcome in Washington

H.H. the Amir was welcomed upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base by Her Excellency (H.E.) Acting Chief of Protocol at the US Department of State Mary-Kate Fisher, H.E. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Gulf Affairs Tim Linder King, H.E. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, and members of the Qatari Embassy and Qatar's Defense Attache Office in Washington.

H.H. the Amir is accompanied by an official delegation.

H.H. The Amir meets US Secretary of Defense (Acting)

H.H. the Amir and H.E. Acting United States Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper held a meeting at the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) this evening.

At the beginning of the meeting, H.E. the Acting Secretary of Defense welcomed H.H. the Amir, and praised the relations between the State of Qatar and the United States, saying that it is stronger than ever before.

His Excellency commended the strategic role played by the Air Base and the support for the American military presence. His Excellency added that the Qatar's readiness to host the US forces for a long time symbolises the close ties between the two countries, stressing the importance of these forces to support stability in the Middle East, and praised the efforts of tQatar in easing the current tension.

As for Qatar's continued preparations for hosting the 2022 World Cup, H.E. Acting Secretary of Defense congratulated H.H. the Amir on this great sporting event, describing Doha as a wonderful city and affirming that the world will be very impressed by the hospitality of the Qatari people.

For his part, H.H. the Amir said that the two countries have strong strategic relations and will work together to reduce tension in the region, which has been experiencing difficult periods for several years.

H.H the Amir said that the region's issues will find ways to ease the escalation if all work closely together. He also expressed his thanks for being hosted at the Ministry of Defense, expressing his aspiration for the 2022 World Cup and also for the next tournament in 2026 which will be hosted by the United States of America.

The meeting discussed the strategic cooperation relations between the two countries and means of developing them, particularly in the defense, military and security fields, and also discussed regional and international developments, especially the joint efforts of the two countries to establish peace and stability in the region.

The meeting was attended by a number of Their Excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying H.H. the Amir.

Source: QNA
Cover image: Amiri Diwan