Qatar signs agreement with US for Qatar-US Year of Culture 2021

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Qatar signs agreement with US for Qatar-US Year of Culture 2021

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said the holding of the third session of the Qatar-US Strategic Dialogue is a demonstration of the flourishing relations between the two countries.

The relations were enabled by the mutual commitment between HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and HE President Donald Trump of the United States of America that emphasizes broad areas of cooperation as well as the close friendship between the two countries, he said.

The important development in Afghanistan is the latest example of the close interaction between our two countries at the political level, he added.

In his speech at the opening session of the third Qatar-US Strategic Dialogue in Washington today, His Excellency said: "We, in this third session of the strategic dialogue, are not only strengthening the existing economic, military and security cooperation between us, but also expanding it to include other equally important areas such as education, culture and development." His Excellency said that today's meeting represents another important milestone in historically deep relations between the State of Qatar and the United States of America.

His Excellency pointed out that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Qatar US 2021 Year of Culture, and the Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Agency for International Development and Qatar's support to Fulbright scholarships, reflect the range and the depth of joint ties and underscores Qatar's continued constructive engagement despite the unique regional challenges that our country has successfully managed during the past three years.

 

"In addition to our support for many US states and cities in their efforts to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the broad range of cooperation demonstrated here at the strategic dialogue makes clear Qatar's strong affinity with the American people. Qatar views the United States not simply as a partner but as an ally and friend."

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that "our commercial partnership remains robust, and it is indeed stronger than ever." In this regard, he pointed out that Qatar has invested more than $200 billion in the US economy, and the United States has been an integral investor in Qatar and Qatar's development.

His Excellency explained that together this investment translates into tens of thousands of jobs and life-changing opportunities for our people. We look forward to expanding these relations, through upcoming trade and investment promotion events. He pointed out that these events will include a roadshow in 2021 involving multiple delegations to several US cities to explore partnerships in technology, investment, energy, and other areas.

His Excellency added, "We are also looking forward to our upcoming discussions on issues of common interest and reaffirm our commitment to deepen the partnership in areas that also include joint political and regional interests. We will also discuss a range of defense and security issues, including shared interests, opportunities for regional cooperation, mechanisms for the defeat of malign threats arrayed against us."

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