US President Donald Trump said Monday evening that investments Qatar make in the US “are very much appreciated.” Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin in honor of the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Trump referred to their meeting on Tuesday at the White House, saying “it’s going to be a very interesting meeting… I look forward to it,” and that they are going to have “some very good talks.” He added “there are many things we’re going to be talking about, from defense to purchases and trade.
“I know everything is going to be very positive. You’ve been a great ally, and you’ve helped us with a magnificent military installation and military airport, the likes of which people haven’t seen in a long while,” he remarked. For his part, Sheikh Tamim said that his visit “will reaffirm the ideals we share. And, tonight, we are here to celebrate the strong economic partnership.” He affirmed that “with the United States and Qatar, we are partners, allies, and friends,” and that both countries “are working together to eradicate terrorism and its financing, wherever it may take root, to ensure a more peaceful and secure world.”
He added “we continue our mutual commitment to remain closely invested in both military and security alliance, as we are expanding Al Udeid Air Base to accommodate US troops and their families. “Together, our two countries continue to seek more investment opportunities to further enhance our common prosperity,” he remarked. “We are looking forward to the continued partnership, alliance, and friendship of our two nations.” As for Mnuchin, he expressed appreciation for Qatar’s support “in the fight against terrorist financing and your support for our strategic military presence. “We appreciate Qatar Investment Authority’s recent investments in US tech and real estate companies, and we are pleased that our countries’ energy industries are continuing to work together closely,” he added. (KUNA)