Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

United States lauds Qatar's counter-terror efforts

United States lauds Qatar's counter-terror efforts

"The dispute has had direct negative consequences, economically and militarily for those involved, as well as the United States", Tillerson said in the presence of Qatar's Foreign and Defence Ministers.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Qatar is a strong partner and a longtime friend of the US.

He further stressed that all parties must "minimize rhetoric, exercise restraint to avoid further escalation, and work toward a resolution".

"Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani expressed his gratitude to USA for hosting the delegation.He thanked USA for taking a just position on the blockade and agreed that that the" blockade disrupts the joint efforts in providing stabilities for the - stability for the region".

" Is already investing more than $100 billion in the USA economy, including $10 billion earmarked for infrastructure", he said, adding that " and US private sector have devoted substantial resources to the other, US companies doing business in within construction, energy, and services industry".

"Qatar and its people have been illegally and unjustifiably blockaded".

The four countries, which cut relations with Qatar previous year over its support of terrorism, said the boycott is aimed at defending their national security as stipulated by the United Nations charter.

Qatar never waived its commitment to stand with friends and allies, 'especially when they needed us the most, he said. We look forward to building on the existing infrastructure of our historic and strategic relationship through exploring a way in which we are able to expand our bilateral co-ordination and further our efforts to realising our shared objective of peace, security and prosperity for our nation and beyond, the minister noted.

"As the Gulf dispute nears the eight month mark, the United States remains as concerned today as we were at its outset", said Tillerson.

Tillerson and Mattis both praised Qatar's improved cooperation in counterterrorism and praised the military relationship, while expressing the hope that the spat with Saudi would end.

They are "sending the message that America cares about this and the crisis needs to be resolved", she added.

Mr. Mattis added that, despite the regional tensions, and the United States "maintain excellent military-to-military relations", with the Qataris hosting the Al Udeid Air Base, which is home to U.S. Air Force Central Command and critical not just to U.S. military operations in the Middle East, but also to "President Trump's South Asia strategy".

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