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Joint statement of the inaugural United States-Qatar strategic dialogue

Washington: The governments of the State of Qatar and the United States held the inaugural Strategic Dialogue in Washington D.C. on January 30th, 2018. US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and US Secretary of Defense James N Mattis co-chaired the opening session jointly with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense H E Khalid Al Attiyah and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry H E Mohammed Al Sada and Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce H E Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani participated in sessions with US Secretary of Energy James R Perry and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L Ross Jr, respectively. Qatari Minister of Finance H E Ali Sharif Al Emadi and US Secretary of Treasury Steven T Mnuchin co-chaired the closing ceremony.

The two countries welcomed this first Strategic Dialogue, highlighting the strength of their bilateral relationship and the mutually beneficial opportunities for the peoples of both countries to deepen bilateral cooperation. Today, the United States and Qatar underscored the strength of their ties and established a shared vision for the future of their strategic partnership. The two governments took an important step to elevate the bilateral relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding establishing an annual Strategic Dialogue.

In this inaugural Strategic Dialogue, the two countries discussed specific areas of partnership, including defense, counterterrorism, combatting extremism, and trade and investment. As those conversations continue, both the United States and Qatar believe their continued mutual cooperation will benefit the interests of both countries, as well as the security and stability of the Gulf region.

Qatar and the United States discussed and welcomed enhanced cooperation, particularly, but not limited to, the political cooperation, where Qatar and the United States expressed satisfaction at the recently strengthened and expanded bilateral relationship. This highlights their shared commitment to advance global peace and prosperity.

Qatar and the United States discussed the Gulf crisis and expressed the need for an immediate resolution which respects Qatar’s sovereignty. The two governments expressed concern about the harmful security, economic and human impacts of the crisis. Concern was also expressed over peace and stability in the Gulf and adherence to international law. Qatar emphasized its appreciation for the role played by the United States in the mediation of the dispute in support of the efforts of HH the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Qatar and the United States affirmed their backing for a strong Gulf Cooperation Council that is focused on countering regional threats and ensuring a peaceful and prosperous future for all its peoples.

Qatar emphasized the role of the United States in the region and the significant part it plays in countering threats of terrorism and violent extremism. The two governments discussed regional security and stability, including joint efforts to defeat ISIS, ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, as well as efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The United States acknowledged Qatar’s generous humanitarian role bilaterally and multilaterally through the work of various UN agencies, in supporting forcibly displaced populations, and in assisting refugees including millions of vulnerable young children and women. The United States acknowledged recent progress and commitments made by Qatar on combatting human trafficking and advancing labor rights. The two governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue progress in these areas.

The two governments intend to identify and prioritize areas for further cooperation based on the results of the inaugural dialogue and decided to establish a working group to advance common policy priorities and political partnerships.

Qatar and the United States emphasized the vital contribution their defense partnership provides for the security and stability of the region. This cooperation is key to successfully combatting terrorism, countering violent extremism, and deterring external aggression. U.S. officials lauded Qatar’s contributions in supporting the sizeable U.S. military presence in Qatar under the U.S. Central Command.

The two governments issued a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, affirming the two countries joint commitment to promoting peace and stability and countering the scourge of terrorism.

The United States expressed its readiness to work jointly with Qatar to deter and confront an external threat to Qatar’s territorial integrity that is inconsistent with the United Nations Charter.

The two governments discussed the USD 24.7 billion Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program that currently exists between the United States and Qatar. Since 2014, Qatar has used its national funds to purchase state of the art military systems and conduct extensive training at U.S. facilities. The United States thanked the Qatari government for those purchases, noting they have resulted in over 110,000 American jobs and the sustainment of critical military capabilities for the United States. Qatar highlighted the continued opportunity for future FMS and direct commercial sales, particularly relating to the development of the Expeditionary Amphibious Capability, which could lead to several billion dollars of future acquisitions and training in the near term, as well as an improved ability to defend against external aggression and to better interoperate with U.S. and NATO military forces in coalition operations.

The United States welcomed Qatar’s offer to expand critical facilities at U.S. bases in the country. Qatari funding of capital expenditures and sustainment offers the possibility of an enduring presence, as with U.S. facilities in Europe and the Pacific. The two governments acknowledged the strong and lasting bilateral security partnership, and look forward to further discussions on the possibility of permanent basing.

Both sides intend to strengthen their security and counterterrorism partnership to eradicate terrorism and violent extremism. They reviewed the positive progress made under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding on Counterterrorism signed on July 11, 2017, including with respect to information sharing, countering the financing of terrorism, aviation security, and capacity building. The United States thanked Qatar for its action to counter terrorism and violent extremism in all forms, including by being one of the few countries to move forward on a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with the United States.

Qatar and the United States intend to begin the Anti-Terrorism Assistance training program as soon as possible, as set forth in a Letter of Intent signed in 2017; the program will focus on key areas such as aviation security, terrorism investigations, and the protection of soft targets.

The two governments also noted the recent conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Attorney General and his Qatari counterpart on the fight against terrorism and its financing and combating cyber-crime.

Qatar and the United States expressed the need to address violent extremism through preventive frameworks. They emphasized the role that both countries are playing in founding and being leading donors of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).

In the field of trade and investment, the two governments acknowledged the challenges facing Qatar as a result of the GCC dispute, which prompted Qatar’s to seek alternative trading partnerships. Qatar noted that despite the dispute, Qatar has honored its international trade obligations.

Qatar and the United States committed to boosting bilateral trade. They welcomed the role of U.S. companies in Qatar’s development and of Qatari investment in U.S. firms and jobs. Both countries recognized the importance of bilateral investment and reiterated their commitment to discuss bilateral investment frameworks that address tax policies and reduce regulatory barriers.

The Qatari delegation described recent reforms designed to attract foreign investment in Qatar, including free trade zones, expanding ownership for non-citizens, improvement of the banking system, consolidation of the rule of law, including the development of a mechanism for dispute resolution.

The two governments recognized the importance of Qatar Investment Authority’s previously committed investment of USD 45 billion in American firms, real estate, and jobs. HE Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani described plans to increase investments in U.S. infrastructure and to expand across the United States of America.

The two governments recognized the positive outcomes emerging from the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) signed in 2004. It was noted that TIFA continues to serve as a platform for increased cooperation in the fields of job creation, property law, communications, customs, SMEs, and new markets.

Qatar and the United States signed various Memoranda of Understanding and Letters of Intent in the fields of bilateral trade, investment, and technology. They welcomed the United States Commercial Law Development Programs partnership with the Ministry of Finance, and officials signed a Letter of Intent on cybersecurity cooperation and a Letter of Intent on smart technologies collaboration.

The two governments welcomed a set of Understandings on civil aviation reached January 29 aimed at ensuring healthy competition in the global aviation sector while maintaining the Open Skies framework of U.S. international aviation policy. Anchored in the two countries close bilateral economic and strategic relationship, the Understandings represent important, high-level political commitments. They affirm both governments intention to promote best practices for marketplace participation by their airlines, while ensuring a continuation of the important economic, political, and cultural benefits of air services made possible by Open Skies.

Qatar and the United States stressed the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation, of overflight, and of unimpeded lawful commerce in accordance with international law.

The two governments expressed their mutual desire to further strengthen their bilateral relations in the energy sector, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between Qatar and the United States.

The statement added that this new Strategic Dialogue process underlines the commitment of Qatar and the United States to increase cooperation in fields that are of the greatest mutual and practical benefit. Such cooperation includes the issues discussed today but also incorporates important work in the fields of sports, education, health, arts, and culture.

The two governments outlined a way forward together for the development of their partnership. They committed to continue their dialogue and cooperation on issues including: combatting regional terrorism and violent extremism; countering the financing of terrorism; consolidating state of the art defense facilities; and expanding their trade and investment partnerships. Qatar and the United States look forward to making progress in these areas when the Dialogue reconvenes in Qatar in 2019.

Both sides look forward to further enhancing bilateral relations during the visit of HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Washington later this year.

بيان قطري-أمريكي مشترك يدعو لحل فوري للأزمة الخليجية يحترم سيادة الدوحة

أصدرت قطر وأميركا بياناً مشتركاً، فجر اليوم في ختام الحوار الاستراتيجي بين البلدين الذي استضافته واشنطن، وأكدت أميركا أنها مستعدة للعمل مع دولة قطر لردع أي تهديد لسلامة أراضيها.

ودعا البيان إلى حل فوري للأزمة الخليجية يحترم سيادة دولة قطر.

وأعرب البيان عن قلق الدوحة وواشنطن من الآثار الأمنية والاقتصادية والإنسانية الناجمة عن الأزمة، وتداعياتها على الاستقرار الإقليمي.

كما أعربت قطر عن امتنانها لدور أميركا في دعم جهود الوساطة الكويتية.

ودشنت قطر والولايات المتحدة الأميركية أمس، مرحلة جديدة من الشراكة عبر الحوار الاستراتيجي بين البلدين، الذي استضافته العاصمة الأميركية واشنطن، وسط إشادة من الجانب الأميركي بجهود الدوحة في مكافحة الإرهاب.

وقد أثمر الحوار عن توقيع البلدين اتفاقيات تشمل التعاون الأمني الإقليمي، وحماية قطر من التهديدات الخارجية، فيما طالب وزير الخارجية الأميركي ريكس تيلرسون أطراف أزمة الخليجية بضبط النفس.

انطلق الحوار في مقر وزارة الخارجية الأميركية، بحضور وفد رفيع المستوى من السياسيين ورجال الأعمال من البلدين.

وشاركت دولة قطر في الحوار بوفد رفيع المستوى، برئاسة سعادة الشيخ محمد بن عبد الرحمن آل ثاني نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء وزير الخارجية، وسعادة الدكتور خالد بن محمد العطية نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء وزير الدولة لشؤون الدفاع، وسعادة الدكتور محمد بن صالح السادة وزير الطاقة والصناعة، وسعادة الشيخ أحمد بن جاسم آل ثاني وزير الاقتصاد والتجارة، وسعادة السيد علي شريف العمادي وزير المالية.

وقال سعادة الشيخ محمد بن عبدالرحمن آل ثاني نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء وزير الخارجية إن الحوار الاستراتيجي القطري- الأميركي يناقش ويلقي الضوء على مجالات التعاون في عدة أصعدة.

وأضاف سعادته: إن إجراء هذا الحوار «يدل على أن «العلاقة بين قطر والولايات المتحدة عميقة جداً واستراتيجية على جميع الأصعدة».

وتقدم سعادته بالشكر للولايات المتحدة على موقفها من حصار قطر، مؤكداً تعرض قطر وشعبها لحصار جائر، موضحاً أنه حصار غير قانوني، وغير مبرر، ويتناقض مع الجهود المشتركة، لإرساء الاستقرار في المنطقة.

وقال سعادته: «لقد تجاوزنا في قطر الأزمة والحصار»، مشدداً على تنوع العلاقات الثنائية مع الولايات المتحدة.

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