US President Joe Biden will receive today, Monday, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who began a working visit to the United States, during which he will also meet with a number of senior officials, led by Defense Minister Lloyd Austin.
The Qatari-US summit will discuss a number of issues of common concern, including support for the Afghan people, as well as deepening trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.
The summit will also discuss enhancing security and prosperity in the Gulf and the region, as well as ensuring the stability of global energy supplies.
Briefing to an American official on the visit
Ahead of the US-Qatari summit between President Joe Biden and the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the White House later on Monday, a high-ranking US official was briefed about the visit.
The US official said, in a telephone briefing, that Washington had worked on programming this visit for a while, noting that the Emir of the State of Qatar would be the first leader of a Gulf country to visit Washington this year.
He pointed out that the Emir of Qatar’s visit to Washington comes at the right time, and is an important opportunity for consultations on a range of regional and global issues.
The US official expressed the United States’ gratitude to the State of Qatar for the enormous support and assistance it provided in Afghanistan, and for its involvement in the efforts to resettle tens of thousands since last August, in addition to that, before that, it was a partner in supporting the peace process.
The US official explained that Washington is discussing with its various partners, these days, the issue of providing energy to Europe in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and that President Biden will raise, in his talks with the Emir of Qatar, the diplomatic efforts of the United States and its European partners to reach a diplomatic solution to the crisis, and the possible response. When the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The official pointed out that Qatar stood by the United States in the fight against terrorism and the classification of organizations and networks in the list of terrorism.
stronger than ever
The Qatari and American sides agree to describe the relationship between them as stronger than ever.
They demonstrate the strength of this relationship with a number of strategic files in which they are involved; At the forefront of this is cooperation in the field of regional security and urgent global issues, especially in Afghanistan, where Qatar played a pivotal role in facilitating the US withdrawal, transferring American, foreign and Afghan nationals wishing to leave, as well as supporting political stability and humanitarian work, where cooperation culminated in the signing of an agreement under which Qatar sponsors American interests in Afghanistan.
In addition to this cooperation in other regional files; Among them are the Palestinian issue, the Iranian nuclear program, the war in Yemen, Syria and the Horn of Africa, and the issue of supporting the displaced.
The two countries also meet in a broad defense and military partnership.
In Washington’s opinion, Qatar is an important partner in promoting regional stability, not only by hosting US forces at Al-Udeid Base, which provides security throughout the region, but also by providing economic and humanitarian aid in difficult times.
On the economic front, the two sides have an economic partnership worth hundreds of billions of dollars in the fields of trade and investment.
They also cooperate closely in the field of health, especially in the field of disease control, as this cooperation has emerged in the Qatari contributions to support efforts to combat the Corona pandemic in the United States and at the global level.
In addition to all this, there is close cooperation to ensure a safe and successful World Cup tournament in Qatar this year, and subsequent consultation before organizing the tournament in North America in 2026, as well as coordination in the field of combating terrorism and cyber security, and supporting the international effort in that.