Steps to enhance bilateral relations between Qatar and the US and ways to achieve collective security for the Gulf region and the Middle East were discussed at meetings held by HE the Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Alkhater in Washington.
HE Alkhater met separately with Deputy Spokesman for the US Department of State Robert Palladino and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tim Lenderking, during her visit to the United States, the Qatar News Agency reported on Thursday.
During the meetings, the two sides exchanged views on relations between Qatar and the US and the importance of communication and keeping the public informed on the course of events.
HE Alkhater also held meetings with a number of US think tanks, including the Stimson Centre, Carnegie Centre, the United States Institute of Peace, Wilson Centre, Aspen Institute, McCain Institute, Brookings Centre and the Centre for the National Interest, QNA said.
She also delivered a lecture at Georgetown University, Washington, titled 'Defining the Narrative: Media and Politics in the Middle East', and held an open meeting with the Women's Foreign Policy Group, moderated by ambassador Anne Patterson.
Also during the visit, HE the Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in a session of the Gulf International Forum in Washington, where she highlighted that Qatar-US relations were proceeding in an excellent manner, pointing to the convening of the second strategic dialogue between the two countries last January, expansion of the Al Udeid military base in Qatar and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries to combat the financing of terrorism, the report added.
She pointed to the existence of six US universities in Qatar and described Qatar-US co-operation as 'promising'.
HE Alkhater said Qatar formed a major crisis cell within the first 24 hours after the blockade was imposed. She also noted Qatar's rapid response to this dangerous situation by diversifying the import of food and medicine from all over the world, diversifying domestic production and supporting small projects.
Qatar also launched a power plant aimed at securing energy and water for the coming years, she added.Last updated: April 05 2019 12:16 AM
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