US affirms Qatar as strong partner

 05 Feb 2018 - 8:01

US affirms Qatar as strong partner
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaking during Al Jazeera’s “From Washington” programme.

The Peninsula

Doha: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has underlined that the results of the strategic dialogue between Qatar and the United States in the fields of security, defence and politics are a strong response to all the allegations of the siege countries on Qatar for support of terrorism.

In an interview with the Al Jazeera channel program “From Washington”,  the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said that Qatar has realised many strategic achievements in various fields.

He was referring to the formation of the political working groups between the two countries to follow up on regional issues, continuous work, mutual cooperation and exchange of views.

He said  that at the military level, there was a declaration of joint defence, which also addresses the US base and the presence of US forces on the Qatari territories, as well as the joint military exercises and military procurement of Qatar, noting the talks between the parties in the field of combating terrorism and the memorandum of understanding signed by Qatar,  which defines the relationship between Qatar and the US in the fight against terrorism through the exchange of more information and capacity building.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Qatar believes that what have been achieved in this dialogue in general in the areas of security, defence and political fields is a clear statement and a clear position from the US that Qatar is a strong partner in the fight against terrorism and a strong economic partner. 

“This represents a strong response to all the claims of the siege countries that Qatar supports terrorism.  This is a clear testimony from the US , which is well aware of the Qatari efforts and regards Qatar as a key partner in its fight against terrorism.”

H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said that Qatar’s relationship with the US did not start with the current administration but with previous administrations. “Our agreements, whether security, military or other economic agreements, were in different periods, and yet remain.”

He pointed out that the US is a state of institutions that respects its agreements, stressing that Qatar believes that its future partnership with the United States is promising, and there are many opportunities to achieve this partnership.

 

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