US, Qatar commit to advance high-level strategic cooperation
July 10 2019 01:23 AM
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani with the US President Donald Trump in the Whit
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani with US President Donald Trump in the White House Tuesday.

QNA/Washington

*Amir meets US President in the White House
*Several agreements and MoUs signed in the fields of trade, investment and defence
*Trump highlights role of Al Udeid Air Base



His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the President of the United States of America Donald Trump discussed the strong bilateral strategic cooperation between the two countries and ways of promoting and enhancing them in various fields.
The meeting, which was held at the White House Tuesday, also discussed the most important developments regionally and internationally.
At the outset of the meeting, the US President welcomed the Amir, praising the strong and excellent relations between the two friendly countries, and his personal relationship with His Highness the Amir. 
The US President underlined that the Amir is a real leader who is highly respected in an important part of the world, hailing Qatar's large investments in the United States and the huge agreements which will be signed later in the day in the fields of trade, investment and defence.
Trump highlighted the role of Al Udeid Air Base and its strategic importance in the Middle East, terming it as one of the biggest military bases in the world.
For his part, the Amir thanked the US President for the hospitality, and affirmed the strength of the relations between the two countries, pointing out to the agreements and memorandums of understanding which will be signed in the framework of the economic partnership between Qatar and the United States.
The Amir noted in his statement the current large investments in the United States, especially in infrastructure. Sheikh Tamim explained that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries now exceeds $185bn, noting the desire to multiply this figure for his confidence in the US economy.


President Trump receives His Highness the Amir at the White House


His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and US President Donald Trump at a luncheon banquet hosted in honour of the Amir at the White House.


His Highness the Amir and  President Trump witnessing the signing of an agreement between Qatar and the US 

His Highness the Amir and  President Trump witnessing the signing of an agreement between Qatar and the US 

His Highness the Amir and  President Trump witnessing the signing of an agreement between Qatar and the US 


President Donand Trump greets His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani 


His Highness the Amir and President Trump pose for a photograph

The Amir extended an invitation to the US President to visit Qatar and Al Udeid Air Base.
President Trump thanked the Amir for the invitation, and praised the achievements made by Qatar at Al Udeid Air Base and its important strategic location in the Middle East.
His Highness the Amir and President Trump also witnessed the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries, at the White House yesterday.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of an agreement between Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips for the development of an international petrochemical complex in the Gulf Coast of the United States, and agreements between Qatar Airways and General Electric (GE) and Boeing for the purchase of five Boeing 777 cargo planes and Gulfstream Aviation.
They also witnessed the signing of an agreement in the field of air defence to provide Qatar with multiple additional systems of air defence.
The signing ceremony was attended by members of the official delegation accompanying the Amir. On the US side, it was attended by a number of ministers and senior officials. 
His Highness the Amir attended a working lunch hosted by President Trump at the White House.
During the luncheon banquet, the Amir and the US President discussed the strong bilateral strategic relations and means of developing them in all fields.
The banquet was attended by members of the official delegation accompanying the Amir.
From the US side, the banquet was attended by US Vice-President Mike Pence and a number of senior officials.

Gulf Times Bureau adds: The United States and Qatar yesterday committed to further advancing the high-level strategic cooperation between the two countries.
A joint statement from the President of the United States Donald J. Trump and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said the United States and Qatar share a history of friendship based on common efforts and mutual respect. 
"For decades, the bonds between our great nations have strengthened, reinforcing an increasingly close strategic and defence relationship focused on countering threats to our security, peace,and prosperity.


The joint statement

"Together, we applaud the significant advances made by our two countries across a range of commercial and defence opportunities, and we reiterate the importance of continued cooperation." 
The statement said the two leaders seek to conclude other arrangements "necessary to realising this common vision for enhanced economic, political, and defence cooperation between our nations".

Last updated: July 10 2019 10:27 PM


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