The United States and Qatar: Strategic Partners in Promoting Peace and Security – US Department of State

The United States and Qatar: Strategic Partners in Promoting Peace and Security

The United States and Qatar have enjoyed a close partnership for over 50 years. That partnership was further deepened in January when the White House hosted the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the first golf leader to visit Washington since President Biden took office, and President Qatar for a key non -NATO allies appointed. As Qatar prepared to host the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022, the United States and Qatar pledged to expand close cooperation between authorities to ensure a safe and successful tournament.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken will travel to Doha, Qatar, where he will drive this collaboration and show his support for the USA men’s team when they play Wales. The minister will meet with senior Qatari officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, to open the fifth session of the US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue.

The United States and Qatar promote peace and security in the Middle East

  • We congratulate Qatar on the historic step of opening direct flights between Tel Aviv and Doha for the duration of the World Cup and appreciate the efforts that have gone into this arrangement. The recent announcement is a historic development and an important step that promises to strengthen people-to-people and economic ties.
  • We are grateful for Qatar’s close cooperation in Afghanistan and its vital support in facilitating the transit of US citizens, Embassy staff in Kabul, vulnerable Afghans and other travelers from Afghanistan through Qatar. As host of the world’s first and largest transit camp of its kind, Qatar is at the forefront of our efforts to bring people from Afghanistan to safety.
  • Qatar is one of the United States’ closest military partners in the region. Al-Udeid Air Base houses the Combined Air Operations Center, which houses 18 nations and is responsible for all coalition air operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
  • Qatar is an active partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and Countering Violent Extremism, particularly through its support of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund.
  • The United States greatly appreciates Qatar’s continued support for the Palestinian people and the stabilization of the Gaza Strip.
  • Qatar has demonstrated its commitment to countering terrorist financing through efforts in support of US sanctions, compliance with international sanctions and participation in multilateral forums.

The United States and Qatar are increasing their strength in trade, education, sports diplomacy and culture

  • The US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue, most recently held in November 2021, highlighted the close cooperation between our two countries on issues central to bilateral relations and included several new educational, scientific and cultural initiatives. This year, our two nations celebrate 50 years of bilateral relations.
  • Our ongoing high-level discussions cover trade and investment, regional security and defense cooperation, law enforcement and counter-terrorism, combating human trafficking and strengthening climate initiatives.
  • As of 2015, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority, has invested more than $30 billion in the United States, with planned investments totaling over $45 billion. More than half of this was concentrated in the areas of real estate and infrastructure.

Committed to advancing labor rights and human trafficking

  • The United States recognizes Qatar’s progress in expanding workers’ rights, implementing labor laws and combating human trafficking, and maintains regular dialogue with Qatar on remaining work.
  • Qatar has reopened its humanitarian shelter for victims of human trafficking and abolished exit permits for workers, including domestic workers.
  • In 2021, Qatar and the United States led joint initiatives to build capacity, raise awareness and promote the rights of migrant workers under the US-Qatar Anti-Trafficking MOU signed in 2018 and the US-Qatar Labor MOU signed during the 2019 Strategic Dialogue.
  • The Ministry also recently recognized Qatari Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Welfare, Mohammed al-Obaidly, as a Hero of the 2021 Human Trafficking Report for his personal leadership in promoting the necessary reforms of the employer-based visa sponsorship system and combating the ongoing work recognized abuse in Qatar.

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