Qatar–United States relations
Bilateral relations between the two countries have expanded in since the opening of the U.S. embassy in Doha in March 1973. 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. Qatar has also developed international educational institutions in the region to cater to the Middle Eastern market. Qatar also hosts an American military facility.
Hundreds of Qatari students study in the United States. Six U.S. universities have branch campuses in Qatar's Education City complex. They 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), and Northwestern University in 2008.
Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani last visited Washington in 4 April 2011, and President George W. Bush visited Qatar in 2003 where he spoke to troops stationed there. Donald Rumsfeld, The 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 also visited Qatar in 2002.
Principal U.S. officials include:
- Ambassador—Susan L. Ziadeh
- Deputy Chief of Mission—Mirembe Nantongo
- Political/Economic Counselor—Stephen Rice
- Senior Commercial Officer—Dao Le
- Consular Officer—Grant Guthrie
- Public Affairs Officer—Joey Hood
- Defense attaché—Colonel James R. Hall
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 exist:
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