Dy PM lays foundation stone for Al Udeid Air Base expansion
July 24 2018 11:40 PM
The groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Al Udeid Air Base
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al- Attiyah and Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Qatar Ryan M Gliha cut a ribbon to mark the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Al Udeid Air Base.

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*New barracks will provide greater comfort and amenities for US and coalition airmen

*Since 2002, Qatar has contributed over $8bn to support operations and facilities at Al Udeid *Groundbreaking a concrete demonstration of Qatar’s commitment to US and coalition partners

Qatar’s Ministry of Defence broke ground on Tuesday on new barracks for US and Coalition airmen stationed at Al Udeid Air Base (AUAB), part of a multi-billion dollar expansion project for the base, located in Qatar. 

The new barracks will provide greater comfort and amenities for US and coalition airmen rotating through AUAB while they are doing the vital day-to-day work supporting and executing operations to combat Daish (ISIS) and promote peace and stability throughout the region.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah presided over the groundbreaking ceremony. Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Qatar Ryan M Gliha represented the United States in addition to Brigadier General Jason R Armagost, Commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing stationed at Al Udeid Air Base.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah and Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Qatar Ryan M Gliha at the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Al Udeid Air Base

Qatar and the United States have long been strategic partners, as evidenced by Qatar’s continued contributions to regional security and counter-terrorism efforts through Al Udeid Air Base, which currently hosts approximately 10,000 US and Coalition members. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities where airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines live, work, and transit are critical to supporting the mission.
Since 2002, Qatar has contributed over $8bn to support US and Coalition operations and facilities at Al Udeid. At the inaugural US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC in January 2018, Qatar offered to expand critical facilities at the US bases in Qatar. 
"The groundbreaking today is a concrete demonstration of Qatar’s commitment to its US and coalition partners and another milestone in the US-Qatar relationship," a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence said.



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