Speaking at the Opening Session of the inaugural U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue session, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Defense Secretary James Matthis, Qatar Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and Qatar Defense Minister Khalid bin Muhammad al-Attiyah, convened at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. to discuss bilateral relations and areas of cooperation between the two countries in what is slated to become an annual dialogue session.
While the ongoing Gulf Crisis and endeavours towards its swift resolution were foremost on the agenda, several important Memorandums of Understanding were also signed between the two nations, as important areas of cooperation ranged from trade and investment, to security, counter-terrorism, energy, and aviation.
(U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Photo credit: U.S. State Department's Twitter)
Here are some of the most important outcomes of this evening’s live-stream from Washington:
Secretary Tillerson: #Qatar is a strong partner and a long-time friend of the United States. We value the U.S.-Qatar relationship. In today's sessions, we will discuss important areas of cooperation, including trade and investment, security, counterterrorism, energy and aviation. pic.twitter.com/WrY9R6UDIF
— Department of State (@StateDept) January 30, 2018
The Strategic Dialogue session comes shortly after a January 15, 2018 phone call between U.S. President Donald J. Trump, and HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in which the two parties discussed ways of strengthening their partnership to ‘bring more stability to the region and to defeat terrorism.’
Qatar was one of a few nations to move forward on a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. to counter terrorism and extremism.
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(Cover image courtesy of the U.S. State Department’s Facebook page)
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