Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs and U.S. Defense Secretary Affirm Security Partnership

Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah and Defense Secretary Ash Carter, met at the Pentagon on May 18, 2016 and affirmed the longtime security partnership between the United States and Qatar. They discussed a range of issues related to mutual security interests, including countering violent extremism from groups like Daesh.

“Secretary Carter identified several areas where the United States and Qatar can deepen their security cooperation for the benefit of both countries, such as their continued cooperation in confronting violent extremism, military-to-military exchanges on subjects such as education and medical care, and Qatar’s constructive engagement with [Gulf Cooperation Council] partners in the region,” the U.S. Pentagon press secretary said.

Dr. Al-Attiyah also met with Commander of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group Peter Vasley in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 17, 2016.

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