An Official Source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: the Perpetrators of the Electronic Piracy against Qatar News Agency website will be prosecuted

Doha / Information Office/ 24 May The State of Qatar announced that it will investigate and prosecute those responsible for the hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA)’s website. An official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that QNA’s website was hacked at 12:14am on Wednesday morning, with hackers publishing false statements attributed to HH the Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. He added that they were able to regain control of QNA’s website four hours after the hacking took place, and that they continue to counter ongoing hacking attempts of QNA’s social media accounts. The official further stated that it is clear that this shameful cybercrime was instigated and perpetrated with malicious intent. He also said that the State of Qatar is surprised by the stance of some media outlets and TV channels which continued to publish and comment on the false statements, despite them having been denied by the Director of the Government Communications Office, HE Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, in a statement published on Wednesday. The Ministry's official also pointed out that this cybercrime is being investigated. He further added that several brotherly and friendly countries expressed their willingness to participate in the investigation, as part of the framework of international collaboration in the fight against cybercrimes. All necessary legal measures and procedures to prosecute the hackers of QNA’s website will take place, and that the findings of the investigation will be published once complete.

Qatar Strongly Condemns Attack at Concert in Manchester

Doha - Information Office - May 23 The State of Qatar has strongly condemned and denounced the explosion which took place at a concert in the British city of Manchester and resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar's firm stance on rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of its source and whatever its motives and reasons. The statement also stressed Qatar's rejection of all criminal attacks that terrorize the innocent people and contradict with humanitarian values and principles. The statement further affirmed Qatar's full solidarity with the government of the United Kingdom and its support to all measures taken to maintain the country's security. The statement also expressed Qatar's condolences to the families of the victims and the UK government, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

HH the Emir Meets President of United States

Riyadh/ Information Office/ May 21 HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed during a meeting with HE President of the United States of America Donald Trump the close friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in various fields in order to achieve the strategic common interests of the two countries, especially in the security, defense and economic fields. The meeting, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh on Sunday morning, dealt with means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries and supporting international efforts in combating terrorism and extremism which threaten the security and stability of the world. The two sides also exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments, especially the latest developments in the Middle East topped by the Palestinian issue. Both sides agreed on the need to resume the peace process and also discussed the situation in both Yemen and Syria. The meeting was attended by Their Excellencies the members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir. On the American side, the meeting was attended by a number of Their Excellencies the Secretaries and senior officials accompanying HE the US President.

HH the Emir Participates in 17th GCC Consultative Meeting

Riyadh/ Information Office/ May 21 HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani participated along with Their Majesties and Highnesses Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and heads of delegations in the 17th Consultative Meeting held at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh on Sunday morning. The meeting was attended by Their Excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir. The meeting was also attended by Their Royal Highnesses Princes and Their Excellencies members of the accompanying official delegations.

Statement from the Director of the Government Communications Office on Qatar's Position on Terrorism, Terrorism Finance

Doha / Information Office/ May 20 The following statement was issued today by Sheikh Saif Al Thani, the Director of the Government Communications Office of the State of Qatar: In the run-up to President Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East, an orchestrated barrage of opinion pieces by anti-Qatar organizations in a variety of mainstream and on-line publications has alleged that Qatar is sympathetic to, or turns a blind eye toward, the actions of terrorist groups in the Middle East. This is absolutely and unequivocally false. In fact, as the authors of these articles must know, the government of the State of Qatar – like all of its neighbors in the Middle East – is a target for these terrorist groups. They threaten the peace and stability of our region and they put our national sovereignty at risk. Which is why it is absurd to suggest that Qatar would either aid and abet those seeking to finance these extremist groups or harbor an Al Qaeda mastermind, as the anti-Qatar campaigners have recently alleged. Qatar's determined efforts to defeat terrorism have been acknowledged and appreciated by the security and intelligence services of the United States and its allies, who value Qatar's substantial contributions to the battle against violent extremism. These efforts are long-standing and on going, and will continue until the scourge of terrorism is eliminated in the Middle East and around the world. Our approach to countering the terrorist threat is both tactical and strategic. On the tactical level, Qatar is an active member of the US-led coalition to defeat ISIS and proudly hosts America's Combined Air and Operations Center at Al-Udeid air base. Qatar is also battling terrorism at the strategic level through our support for education, reconstruction and economic development programs throughout the Middle East. We have provided educational opportunities for more than 7 million children and we have created more than 300,000 jobs, offering hope for a better future to those most at risk of terrorist recruitment. To cite a relevant example, Qatar was instrumental in securing the passage of the so-called Doha Declaration at the 13th. UN Crime Congress in 2015, which authorized the creation of a comprehensive program to counter violent extremism through prisoner rehabilitation, social integration and youth education initiatives. Our USD 49 million contribution will help ensure that the UN's good intentions are followed by concrete actions to address the terrorist threat. None of this is to suggest that Qatar has a magical solution to the problem of radical extremism and global terrorism. We do not. But we are absolutely sincere in our commitment to battle and defeat this scourge, and to suggest otherwise is deceitful and disingenuous. We can assume that at some point in the future the identities of the sponsors of the anti-Qatar campaign will be revealed. When that happens we will, perhaps, learn the true motive behind their efforts to damage Qatar's good name. Until then, there is one thing we know for certain: their allegation that Qatar supports terrorism is a lie.

Qatar Spring Festival with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

On April 6, 2017, the Embassy partnered with the Boys and Girls Club Foundation of Greater Washington and of the Gulf Coast for the inaugural dual-event, Qatar Spring Festival 2017. The event in Washington, DC drew the participation of hundreds of DC area youths, as well as Embassy staff and a team from the Qatar Foundation International. The event celebrated Qatari arts, culture and food featuring painting stations, egg races, photo booth, Arabic language lessons and more at their center.

Foreign Minister of Qatar Participates in Meeting of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, participated in the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS on March 22, hosted by the Honorable Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State. The meeting covered the latest developments of Syria and Iraq. The participants also exchanged views on ways to permanently defeat ISIS through stabilization, humanitarian and economic assistance. Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA), HE the Foreign Minister said that international counter-terrorism efforts, including efforts specifically targeting ISIS, cannot succeed unless the main reasons for extremism are addressed. His Excellency said that the political, economic, and social conditions, as well as the shocking violations of human right, nurtured the suitable environment to grow terrorism. The Wednesday meeting was the first since December 2014 that all 68 members of the coalition took part.

National Day: A celebration of Qatar’s values and priorities

The Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington D.C. held, on Tuesday December 6, 2016, a reception, in celebration of National Day, at the National Portrait Gallery. Mr. Ali Al-Hajri, Charge d’Affaires and members of the Embassy welcomed over 1000 guests to the reception. Ambassadors and diplomatic corps members, as well as congressional representatives- such as Congressman Andre Carson, Congressman Ralph Abraham, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congressman Ted Yoho, and Congressman Steve Cohen- and other distinguished guests, attended the event. In his opening remarks, Mr. Al-Hajri asserted that Qatar is strongly committed to working with the United States to build and sustain peace and prosperity in the Middle East. Mr. Al-Hajri emphasized the importance of education and empowering the youth in Qatar as well as others in the region. He pointed out Doha’s Education City, which is composed of six American Universities educating thousands of students across a range of disciplines.

Celebrating Qatar’s National Day

On December 6, 2016 the Embassy of the State of Qatar will be hosting an event celebrating Qatar’s National Day. National Day is a holiday we celebrate each year, on the anniversary of December 18, 1878, when Sheikh Jasim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, the founder of the State of Qatar, succeeded his father, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Thani, as the ruler and led the country towards unity. This is an important day to us; it honors our identity and heritage, but also commemorates our principles and efforts to help create understanding between different cultures. This year we have the pleasure to celebrate it at the National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Yard. We look forward to seeing many of you at the event.

HH the Emir Meets President of UN General Assembly

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani met today with the President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly Peter Thompson, at the UN headquarters in New York City. Discussions during the meeting dealt with the latest regional and international developments. HH the Emir congratulated Mr. Thomson on assuming the presidency of the current session of the UN General Assembly, and wished him success in his duties. For his part, the President of the UN General Assembly expressed his thanks to HH the Emir for the cooperation of the State of Qatar with the UN and the efforts being made by Qatar in providing aid and humanitarian relief to stricken areas around the world and its support for development projects in needy countries. He also commended Qatar's diplomatic efforts in resolving conflicts, particularly in Darfur. A number of topics on the agenda of the UN General Assembly session were also reviewed. The meeting was attended by a number of their excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir.