Qatar–United States relations

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Qatar – United States relations
Map indicating locations of Qatar and USA

Qatar

United States

Qatar – United States relations are bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and the United States.

History[edit]

Bilateral relations between the two countries have expanded in since the opening of the U.S. embassy in Doha in March 1973.[1] The first resident U.S. ambassador arrived in July 1974. Qatar and the United States coordinate closely on Middle Eastern regional diplomatic initiatives to increase security in the Persian Gulf. The two countries also have extensive economic links, especially in the hydrocarbons sector.[2] Qatar has also developed international educational institutions in the region to cater to the Middle Eastern market. Qatar also hosts an American military facility.[3]

Educational ties[edit]

Hundreds of Qatari students study in the United States. Six U.S. universities have branch campuses in Qatar's Education City complex. There are Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ), Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar),[4] and Northwestern University[5] in 2008.

Diplomatic exchanges[edit]

Diplomatic visits[edit]

Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani last visited Washington in 24 February 2015,[6] and President George W. Bush visited Qatar in 2003 where he spoke to troops stationed there.[7] Donald Rumsfeld, the 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006, also visited Qatar in 2002.[8] Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Qatar in February, 2010,[9] and Secretary John Kerry travelled to Qatar in March, 2013.[10]

Residential staff[edit]

Principal U.S. officials include:

The U.S. maintains an embassy[13] in Doha, Qatar.

Military[edit]

Beginning in 1992, Qatar has built intimate military ties with the United States, and is now the location of U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center.

The following American bases currently[when?] exist:

2014 deal[edit]

In 2014 The United States sold $11 billion worth of arms to Qatar, including AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin defense systems.[14] Qatar has also concur to invest in some NH90 helicopters from NH Industries for $2.76 billion.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Background Note: Qatar". U.S. Department of State. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Importance of Qatar to the US Economy". Arab-American Business. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Military Bases in Qatar". Military Bases. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  4. ^ School of Foreign Service in Qatar: Georgetown University
  5. ^ "Northwestern University in Qatar". Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Obama, Qatar’s Amir Tamim After Their Meeting". U.S. Department of State. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "George W. Bush - Remarks to Troops - Sayliyah, Qatar". Presidential Rhetoric. 5 June 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Wolf Blitzer (11 December 2002). "Rumsfeld secures cooperation in the Gulf". CNN. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Public Liaison E-newsletter" (PDF). U.S. Department of State. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kerry, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad in Doha, Qatar". U.S. Department of State. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Chief of Mission". U.S. Department Of State. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Deputy Chief of Mission". U.S. Department Of State. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Embassy of the United States in Doha, Qatar". Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Qatar buying US helicopters, missiles in multi-billion dollar deal". Business Line. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Qatar has also agree to buy a number of NH90 helicopters from ... washingtonpost.com

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).[1]