Biden intends to designate Qatar as 'major non-NATO ally'

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Biden intends to designate Qatar as 'major non-NATO ally'
The president informed Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar about his intention during a White House meeting on Monday.
By OMRI NAHMIAS
Published: FEBRUARY 1, 2022

US President Joe Biden hosted Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar at the White House on Monday and expressed his intention to designate the Gulf state as a major non-NATO ally. According to the White House readout, “they reaffirmed their mutual interest in promoting security and prosperity in the Gulf and broader Middle East region, ensuring the stability of global energy supplies, supporting the people of Afghanistan, and strengthening commercial and investment cooperation.”

“In recognition of the strategic partnership between the United States and Qatar, which has deepened over the past 50 years, the president informed the emir of his intention to designate Qatar as a major non-NATO ally,” the White House said in a statement. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Middle East Fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute said that he believes that Biden’s announcement “is significant as well as symbolic.”

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