Qatar never a supporter of terrorism, Emir tells Trump
April 11 2018 01:43 AM
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His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani pictured with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

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His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has stressed that Qatar does not and will not tolerate people who support and fund terrorism.
In statements to the media at the beginning of his bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the Emir explained that Qatar cooperates with the United States of America to stop the funding of terrorism around the region.
The Emir described the military cooperation between the two countries as solid and strong, reaffirming that Al Udeid Airbase is the heart of operations in fighting terrorism, and noting that it has been a very successful campaign against terrorist groups in the region.



The Emir said Qatar-US relations are strong and well established for more than 45 years, highlighting that the economic partnership between the two countries is more than $125bn and that they are looking forward to double this cooperation in the coming years.
Referring to his visit to the headquarters of the US Central Command (Centcom) in Tampa , the Emir described it as important and successful. He said the visit showed the strong cooperation between the two countries in the military and security fields.
On the Gulf crisis, the Emir thanked the president for his personal efforts and important role in finding a solution. He praised the president's personal support to Qatar during the blockade and thanked the American people for their support to Qatar.
As for the Syrian issue, the Emir said Qatar and the United States are working together to put an immediate end to the suffering of the Syrian people. "This matter has to stop immediately," he said adding that the two countries will not tolerate a war criminal who has killed more than half a million of his own people.
The US president welcomed the Emir and the delegation accompanying him at the beginning of the meeting, and stressed the strength of the personal relationship between him and the Emir. The US president said it "is a great honour to have the Emir of Qatar with us". 
Heaping praises on the Emir, the US president called him a personal friend and a great gentleman. 
Trump said the Emir "is very popular in his country" and "his people love him". 
The US president said he has been working with the Emir for a number of years before the counter-terrorism operations, pointing out that it is important to stop the funding of terrorism in the region, especially in countries that are related to the United States, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries.



His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meets US Vice President Mike Pence at the Oval Office.

"We're working on unity in that part of the Middle East, and I think it's working out very well. There are a lot of good things happening.
"Also, we have a gentleman, on my right, who buys a lot of equipment from us.
"We're working very well together, and I think it's working out extremely well," Trump said.
During the meeting, the two friendly countries discussed bilateral strategic relations and ways of boosting and developing them in different fields, especially in expanding cooperation in economy, investment and military and defence fields.
The meeting also dealt with a number of current regional and international issues. 
The Emir thanked Trump for the invitation and said he was very happy and honoured to be at the White House.

Last updated: April 11 2018 01:45 AM


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