US media hail Amir-Trump meeting
July 10 2019 10:30 PM
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during his meeting with the US Acting Secretar
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during his meeting with the US Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, they reviewed strategic bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the security field, and ways of developing and strengthening them to include cyber security.


The summit held at the White House between His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and President of the United States of America Donald Trump has drawn the attention of the American media , as the two sides affirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral relations.
The Washington Post, the most widely-circulated newspaper in the US, focused on President Trump's remarks in which he said meeting the Amir was "a great honour" and underlined that the Amir is a real leader who is highly respected in an important part of the world.
The newspaper also referred to Trump's comments on the relations between the two countries, especially the economic ones, including Qatar's investments in the United States.
It also noted that the Amir and the US President witnessed the signing of several commercial contracts by the Qatari government with five of the largest US companies- Boeing, General Electric, Raytheon, Gulfstream and Chevron Phillips - adding that Qatar is also strengthening its land and air forces through the purchase of many US military equipment, which contributes to the consolidation of military relations between the two countries.
The Washington Post also underlined that the Amir's visit to the United States came at a difficult time in the region, as tensions between the US and Iran are increased, and the blockade imposed by some neighboring countries on Qatar since 2017 is continued.
It added that the continuation of the blockade against Qatar placed the United States, which has close military and diplomatic relations with all the countries involved in this crisis, in a difficult situation.
The Associated Press (AP) said that President Trump gave a warm White House welcome Tuesday to the Amir amid a bitter rift between Qatar and its fellow American allies in the Gulf and rising tensions between US and Iran.
It added that President Trump emphasised the unique military partnership between Qatar and the United States, noting Qatar's significant investments in the US.
The AP focused on the commercial deals signed by the Qatari government with several American companies, which Trump said 'are creating lots of jobs".
The Amir's visit comes at a time when Trump is facing critical decisions in the Mideast, the AP said.
Qatar, which has one of the world's highest per capita incomes, has worked to open up other avenues of income to offset the impact of the blockade, it noted.
The New York Times highlighted the warm welcome received by the Amir in Washington, especially during the dinner held on Monday at the Treasury Department.
This "is a fitting tribute to the economic and security partnership between our two nations," the paper quoted Trump as saying.
The New York Times said President Trump lavished praise on the Amir, whom he said was another friend who knew him before he entered politics. Trump said the two would work together to "eradicate terrorism and its financing".
The newspaper also noted the trade deals signed between Doha and Washington, pointing out that Qatar's investments in the United States are very much appreciated.
Fox Business Network reviewed the signing of the commercial transactions witnessed by the Amir and Trump.
It said that President Trump doubled as chief deal-maker on Tuesday when he disclosed an incoming order for Boeing. 
Lobelog Website also touched upon the meeting between the Amir and Trump at the White House.
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a fellow for Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, focused on the political dimensions of the Amir's US visit ,especially at this time when there are several conflicts in the region and other parts of the world.
Ulrichsen said the recent developments in Afghanistan and vis-a-vis Iran have illustrated the opportunities the Qatar-US partnership provide to President Trump.
He added that the Amir's visit can focus Washington's attention on the many issues of common interest that continue to underpin US interests in the Gulf and across the wider region.
He also pointed out that the Amir's visit also has an inevitable geopolitical dimension since it comes more than two years into the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since June 2017, adding that Trump and other US officials have made no secret of their desire to end the crisis that undermined regional partnerships.
Ulrichsen ended his article by stressing that the Amir's visit to Washington comes as the pace of Afghan peace talks hosted by Qatar has quickened significantly and generated real hopes of a breakthrough in attempts to end one of the "forever wars" that President Trump inherited when he took office in January 2017.
The Wall Street Journal highlighted how the US President praised the Amir and the deals signed, adding that Trump described the Amir as ''a highly respected man, a real leader in a large part on the world and a very important part of the world."
The newspaper examined the deals signed during the Amir's visit to the White House, pointing out that this visit marked the latest turn in US-Qatar relations, which witnessed significant changes since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic relations with Qatar.
The Wall Street Journal stated that despite the disputes with its neighbours, Qatar has maintained a close relationship with the US. It also pointed out how US officials view Qatar as too strategically and economically important to isolate, adding that the Trump administration has worked to mend ties among its Arab allies, while Qatar has accelerated its military buildup and shored up its ties to the US.
The newspaper also highlighted Qatar's mediation efforts when it hosted the Afghan Peace Negotiations involving representatives of the Taliban and the US.
Bloomberg examined the deals signed by the Amir and President Trump, which included aircraft purchase agreements and the development of a petrochemical complex.
It highlighted the most important deals signed by the Qatari government, including Qatar's Ministry of Defence's commitment to acquire Raytheon's NASM and Patriot Systems, in addition to the agreement between Chevron and Qatar Petroleum to develop and construct a petrochemicals complex in Qatar.
Bloomberg stressed on the desire of Qatar to improve relations with the US, with the Amir saying the country was committed to doubling the economic partnership with the US.
Bloomberg also wrote about the military cooperation between Qatar and the US, pointing out that the US has announced plans to expand and renovate Al-Udeid Air Base near Doha, which houses the forward headquarters of the US military's Central Command and some 10,000 American troops.

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