US says security cooperation with Qatar to continue in 2022

MENA , Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Dec 2021

The US emphasized the “vital contribution” their defence partnership with Qatar provides for the security and stability of the region, vowing to continue the relationship in the coming year.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani at a Signing Ceremony and Joint Press Availability for the US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue. AP

The US state department said on Sunday that "this strong and lasting partnership is key to successfully combating terrorism, countering violent extremism and deterring external aggression."

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed comfort over continued economic and security cooperation with Qatar.

"The bond between the United States and Qatar has never been stronger, thanks to our extraordinary partnership this year to address regional and global challenges," he said in a statement by the State Department.

"I have no doubt our friendship, economic ties, cultural exchanges, and security cooperation will continue to deepen in the year ahead."

Blinken made his remarks on the 50th anniversary of Qatar’s National Day.

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