Conclusion of the Third U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue (QSD)
September 19, 2020
The Governments of the United States and the State of Qatar held the Third U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue September 14-15, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo co-chaired the Opening Session with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ross, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, Qatari Minister of Finance Al Emadi, and Qatari Minister of Commerce and Industry Al Kuwari also delivered opening remarks.
“The Third U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue showcased the many areas in which the United States and Qatar partner,” U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Greta Holtz commented. “The productive discussions among experts and leaders from our two countries over the past days truly demonstrate the depth and breadth of our strategic bilateral relationship. We look forward to building on these relationships and further strengthening ties between the people of the United States and Qatar.”
The annual Strategic Dialogue process underlines the commitment of Qatar and the United States to long-term cooperation on consolidating state-of-the-art defense facilities; countering terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms; promoting regional peace and security; engaging in military, commercial, and aviation cooperation; providing humanitarian assistance; promoting law enforcement collaboration; combating the financing of terrorism; expanding trade and investment relationships; supporting labor reform; increasing public health partnerships, especially in the global fight against COVID-19; and enhancing educational and cultural cooperation.
During the Strategic Dialogue, Secretary Pompeo and Minister Al Thani signed an agreement designating 2021 the U.S.-Qatar Year of Culture. In addition, the two sides also:
• Announced an agreement between NASA and Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute (QEERI) to formulate a study to detect underground water aquifers;
• Announced HBKU’s acceptance of two U.S Fulbright scholars to conduct research on hydrology and Alzheimer’s disease next semester;
• Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Qatar Foundation, Qatar Museums, and the Smithsonian Institution on educational, cultural, and sports collaboration;
• Announced an upcoming MOU between the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and USAID on international development and humanitarian assistance; and
• Made an Announcement of Intent for Qatar to host an investment forum in the United States in 2021.
Qatar and the United States look forward to reviewing progress in these areas at the next Strategic Dialogue in Doha in 2021.