Washington / Information Office / February 08
HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met separately today during his visit to the U.S. with HE U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and HE U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.
The two meetings discussed strategic ties between the State of Qatar and the U.S., in addition to key regional and international issues.
HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani also met separately with HE Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner, HE Personal Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, HE Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State Nathan Sales, HE Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, and a number of congress members.
The meetings discussed the strategic bilateral relations and a number of regional and international issues, particularly peace in Afghanistan, Palestine, and joint efforts to combat terrorism and its financing.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said that he looks forward to hosting U.S. officials in Qatar throughout this year, and to being back to the U.S. as well. His Excellency added that they were communicating to find resolutions to the region's most urgent issues.
His Excellency stressed that the State of Qatar highly appreciates its ties with the U.S., and noted that the meetings were part of an ongoing dialogue in all fields of joint interest and that they provide an opportunity to exchange views on important international issues, including efforts to counter violent extremism.
The visit of HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to Washington follows the Second QatarU.S. Strategic Dialogue that was held in Doha and saw the signing of three memorandums of understanding and a statement of intent to enhance cooperation on the politically, economic, and social levels.
His Excellency stressed, during his participation at the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS that took place in Washington on Wednesday, that the State of Qatar is committed to contributing to the efforts made to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. His Excellency also announced Doha's intention to host a high-level regional meeting this year to address the horrible crimes committed by ISIS.
It is worth noting that the strategic ties between the State of Qatar and the U.S. began 45 years ago. The two countries share a joint goal of building a Middle-East that is more peaceful and more prosperous.