Word from H.E. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America

Welcome to the official website of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States of America.

As Qatar’s Ambassador in Washington DC, I hope you will find on our website valuable information about the State of Qatar, its people, its culture, its institutions and its vibrant economy, as well as practical information about traveling and doing business in Qatar.

It is a great privilege to represent the State of Qatar in the United States, and work towards strengthening the close ties between our two countries. Qatar and the United States enjoy a strong partnership and cooperate closely on a range of important issues related to international peace and security.

Together with our consulate offices in Houston, Los Angeles and New York City and partners across the country, the embassy works on a wide range of political, commercial, security, cultural, educational, and economic interests between Qatar and the US.

This website is intended to provide easy access to information about our work in the United States, our consular services, and information on all that is available in both Qatar and the United States.

We are here to strengthen the Qatar-US relationship and serve Qatari nationals. We are always seeking to improve our website so if there is something you think is missing here, send us your thoughts and feedback.You can also Tweet me @Amb_AlThani

The Ambassador’s biography 

His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America, assumed his post in Washington D.C. in December 2016. Prior to serving as the lead Qatari diplomat in the U.S., Ambassador Al-Thani was the Qatari Ambassador to France from November 2013 to October 2016. For three years, he dedicated his expertise and efforts to strengthening the Qatari-French bilateral relations and the EU-Qatari relations at large. 

Previously, Ambassador Al-Thani served as the Permeant Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations from July 2011 to October 2013. During his time at the UN, Ambassador Al-Thani spared no effort in intertwining Qatar’s 2030 National Vision with the goals of the various UN agencies. Before joining the UN Mission in NY, H.E. Al-Thani served as Ambassador of Qatar to Brussels from October 2007 to July 2011. During his time as Ambassador to Brussels, H.E. Al-Thani chaired the Qatari Mission to the EU. He previously acted as the Qatari Liaison with NATO, as member of the Qatari diplomatic mission in the Belgian capital from November 2004 to July 2007. His Excellency Meshal Al-Thani is not new to the United States. He served as member of the Qatari diplomatic mission in Washington D.C. from October 2000 to October 2004. He also joined the Qatari Mission to the UN in New York from August 1998 to September 2000. 

Ambassador Al-Thani debuted his diplomatic career at the Department of European and American Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from May 1997 to August 1998. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service since March 2009. 

Ambassador Al-Thani received his Master’s in international relations from the American University, Washington D.C. in 2004. He is married with three children.