Doha, 21 November 2022 (TDI): United States (US) Secretary of State, Antony Blinken traveled to Qatar to launch the fifth annual Strategic Dialogue between both states.

On this course, US Secretary will also meet senior Qatari officials including Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister; Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

During the visit, important priority areas would be discussed. This includes trade and investment, humanitarian assistance, climate change, global health, human rights, and international development.

The importance of Qatar on the international stage will be highlighted. The US reaffirms its strong commitment to long-standing partnerships and ties with Qatar.

Secretary Blinken on his visit to Qatar will also be cheering US Men’s National Team in their first match against Wales.

This match will take place on 21 November at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium, Al Rayyan. The US men’s football team is in group B of the tournament along with Wales, England, and Iran.

Strategic Dialogue

The first strategic dialogue between both states was held in 2018 in Washington DC. This dialogue is an annual event, the fifth is to take place in Doha on 21-22 November. It represents the strength of bilateral relations between both states.

There are four areas of priority under the strategic dialogue. That includes political cooperation, defense-related issues, counterterrorism, and trade and investment.

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It also establishes “a shared vision for the future of their strategic partnership.” This dialogue is also analyzed as a successful effort by Qatar to circumvent countries imposing a blockade on it, since 2017.

The outcome of the US-Qatar strategic dialogue is the US official declaration of “readiness to work jointly with Qatar to deter and confront any external threat to Qatar’s territorial integrity that is inconsistent with the United Nations Charter.”

This dialogue promotes as well as establishes strong ties and partnerships between Qatar and the United States.