President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Amir of the State of Qatar

President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Amir of the State of Qatar

Oval Office

12:12 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:

Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with the Amir of Qatar — a highly respected man, a real leader in a large part of the world and a very important part of the world.  And we’ve known each other a long time.  We’ve been friends for a long time.

And we’re doing a lot of work now.  They’re investing very heavily in our country.  They’re creating a lot of jobs.  They’re buying tremendous amounts of military equipment, including planes.

And they’re buying commercial planes, as you know — very large numbers of commercial planes from Boeing.  And we very much appreciate it.

We’re going to be signing a document today — a very large transaction.  You’re going to be invited to the signing.  It’s a transaction that will be purchasing a lot of Boeing jets and a lot of money spent in our country, and that means a lot of jobs.

So, we just appreciate everything.  We have a great operation — military operation — right now in Qatar.  They built one of the great military bases, I would say, anywhere in the world.

And it’s just been expanded, with runways and everything else.  It’s been really a great honor to work with my friend.  Thank you very much for being here.

AMIR AL THANI:  Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.

Joint Statement from the President of the United States Donald J. Trump and His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar

 

Today, as leaders of the United States and Qatar, we committed to further advancing the high-level strategic cooperation between our two countries.  The United States and Qatar share a history of friendship based on common efforts and mutual respect.

For decades, the bonds between our great nations have strengthened, reinforcing an increasingly close strategic and defense relationship focused on countering threats to our security, peace, and prosperity.

Together, we applaud the significant advances made by our two countries across a range of commercial and defense opportunities, and we reiterate the importance of continued cooperation.

We both seek to conclude other arrangements necessary to realizing this common vision for enhanced economic, political, and defense cooperation between our nations.

We discussed our extensive and increasing economic partnership, including these mutually beneficial transactions:

  • The Qatar Airways purchase of five Boeing 777 Freighters.
  • The Qatar Airways commitment to purchase large-cabin aircraft from Gulfstream.
  • The Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company LLC and Qatar Petroleum agreement to pursue the development, construction, and operation of a petrochemicals complex in Qatar.
  • The Qatar Ministry of Defense’s commitment to acquire Raytheon’s NASAM and Patriot Systems.
  • The selection by Qatar Airways of GE jet engines and services to power its 787 and 777 Aircraft.

These are only the most recent examples of what continue to be strong commercial, political, and security ties between the United States and Qatar.  We are committed to continuing the positive partnership between our two countries.