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Qatar’s Emir Visits the US for the First White House Meeting with President Biden

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The US and Qatar established their diplomatic ties in the year 1972 when Qatar got its independence from the United Kingdom in 1971. Both counties have been working together to bring peace, stability and growth not only regionally but globally. The US has always played a major role in the financial, political as well as military role in the growth and development of the region and has partnered with the country to progress and bring stability, and prosperity to the region. 

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is all set to meet up with US President Joe Biden at the white house. This is the first time that these two leaders will be meeting in person. The countries like Qatar have always played an important role in US foreign policy. The meeting comes at a point when the US is finding ways to settle the situation in Afghanistan and also the escalating tension between Ukraine and Russia. Doha has always played a major role to settle the situation in Afghanistan and was one of the first countries to speak to the representatives of the Taliban. Also, as the nuclear deal is yet to settle between the countries, Qatar has maintained its relationship with both Iran and the US. Qatar plays a key role in the region for the United States as host for the Pentagon’s Central Command.

The main agenda of the meeting will be the energy supply as Qatar is the second-largest exporter of liquified natural gas (LNG). Qatar is behind the US about the same. Qatar already supplies about 5 per cent of the continent’s supply. The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in one of the reports last week has declined to specifically address Qatar, but said the US is “in discussion with major natural gas producers around the globe to understand their capacity and willingness to temporarily surge natural gas output and to allocate these volumes to European buyers”.