Seeking closer ties, Qatar to expand base used by United States troops

Casey Dawson
February 2, 2018

United States is expected to involve itself directly in solving the gulf crisis in three months, said a senior U.S. official yesterday.

Senior US officials have said Washington was ready to "deter and confront" external threats to Qatar's territorial integrity at a meeting between leading representatives from the two countries.

Qatar and United States of America have held strategic dialogue discussing security and other issues.

State-owned Qatar Airways has agreed to release detailed financial statements, the USA government said on Tuesday, as part of a response to accusations by U.S. airlines that the carrier had been illegally subsidized by its government.

The GCC is a political and economic alliance of six countries in the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"The two governments expressed concern about the harmful security, economic and human impacts of the crisis".

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USA base in Qatar provides a sense of security to the country at a time of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East over the ongoing strife between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen, which cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in June past year, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

He said that the high-level Qatar Strategic Dialogue reflects the strengthening of relations between the two countries as several Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed during the event.

The quartet accused Qatar of supporting what they describe as "terrorist" groups and cosying up to their regional rival, Iran.

The meeting between Qatari and USA officials comes just a few days after Qatar announced an expansion of a U.S. airbase in its capital, Doha.

It is worth noting that Qatar is host to U.S. and global forces at Al Udeid Air Base, which is home to the Combined Air Operations Center. The two parties discussed specific areas of cooperation through military to military discussions, and talks about the long standing and close partnership between USA and Qatar, the shared fight against terrorism and extremism in the region.

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