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Posted On: 1 February 2022 09:46 am
Updated On: 1 February 2022 09:57 am

US designates Qatar as a major non-NATO ally

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and H.E. President of the United States of America Joe Biden discussed the strong bilateral strategic relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and promoting them in various fields.

During the meeting held at the White House on 31 January 2022 afternoon, the two sides also discussed the most prominent regional and international developments.

In a statement at the outset of the meeting, H.E. the US President welcomed H.H. the Amir, saying: "Today I'm honored to be here with a good friend with whom we have had a wonderful relationship since I've been President, and then before. H.H. the Sheikh I want to welcome you to the White House."

President Biden highlighted fifty years of partnership between the two countries, noting that the past year, the partnership between the US and Qatar has been central to many of the US most vital interests: relocating tens of thousands of Afghans; maintaining stability in Gaza and providing lifesaving assistance to the Palestinians; deterring threats across the Middle East; and a lot more.

H.H. the Amir and US President Biden to discuss global energy supplies

Regarding the agenda of the meeting, H.E. President Biden noted that he will discuss with H.H. the Amir many issues including the security in the Gulf and in the broader Middle East, ensuring the stability of global energy supplies, continuing the work together to support the people of Afghanistan, and strengthening commercial and investment cooperation between the two countries.

H.E. the President applauded the new deal that Qatar Airways Group signed with Boeing, considering it one of the largest deals that Boeing aircraft has ever had, and will support tens of thousands of good-paying US jobs in America.

On the State of Qatar, H.E. President Biden said: "Qatar is a good friend, and a reliable and capable partner. And I'm notifying Congress that I will designate Qatar as a major non-NATO ally to reflect the importance of our relationship. I think its long overdue."

H.E. the President thanked H.H. the Amir for the visit and for his commitment to the friendship between the two countries.

50th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Qatar and the US

H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani expressed his sincere thanks to President Biden for the warm meeting, and said that 2022 is a very important year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Qatar and the United States of America, expressing his pride in these solid relations and what the two countries have achieved until now.

H.H. the Amir said that his talks with H.E. the US President will focus on the security of the region, noting how solid and how strong both countries can work together and cooperate, like when they worked together in Afghanistan. In this regard, H.H. the Amir expressed his pride in helping to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan.

H.H. the Amir added that he will discuss with President Biden other issues, including the rights of the Palestinian people and other issues in the region.

H.H. the Amir expressed his pleasure and pride in the relations that unite Qatar and the United States. He also stressed the continuation of working together to find ways to achieve peace in the region.


Source: QNA
Cover image source: Amiri Diwan