U.S. Officials Praise Political, Economic Ties with Qatar

Doha, – U.S. officials participating in the second session of the economic and investment dialogue between Qatar and the United States praised the existing bilateral ties between the two countries at the political and economic levels as well as their repercussions on the ground in terms of joint ventures and fruitful political cooperation.

Anne W. Patterson, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, said the bilateral relations between Qatar and her country are deep and distinguished in the fields of economy and politics and result from a long-term strategy that consolidates these ties.

Patterson added that Qatar plays a significant role in the region in support of combating terrorism and fighting it in Iraq and Libya, stressing the importance of coordination and coordination between the two countries in counter-terrorism efforts.

She said that Qatar Airways’ decision to buy 100 U.S. planes supports the U.S. economy and achieves the mutual interests of both countries, commending the role of Qatar Investment Authority in pushing forward mutual investments, particularly in the wake of QIA’s decision to invest $35 billion in the United States over the next five years.

In turn, Judy Rising Reinke, the deputy director general of the U.S. and foreign commercial service at the U.S. Department of Commerce, said that his country is looking forward to building strong ties with Qatar on all fronts thanks to the vital role Qatar plays in the region.

She added that the Department of Commerce aims to enhance cooperation and increase joint investments between the two countries, particularly in the areas of smart cities and green cities as the U.S. firms enjoy significant expertise in these fields that Qatar can benefit from as it moves closer to hosting the 2022 World Cup.

For his part, Steve Lutes, the executive director for Middle East affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, revealed that there are promising investment opportunities between the two countries at the government and private sectors alike, calling for exploiting these opportunities within the context of the strong ties between the two countries and their keenness on boosting them on all fronts.

He pointed to the importance of having a constructive partnership between the two private sectors and entering into new ventures in the fields of education, health, energy and technology, stressing that Qatar has become a destination for foreign investors thanks to the advantages and motivations it offers as well as the good economic environment it has, which, he added, helped in building strong ties with the United States in the different fields

Source: Qatar News Agency