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Blinken: Qatar vital partner for US in variety of domains

WASHINGTON, July 22 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday described Qatar as a vital partner for the United States in so many different areas.
In statements upon receiving Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani at the US Department of State in Washington, Blinken elaborated that Qatar is a strong economic partner for the US and "it is really a partner in trying to advance peace and trying to advance progress in the region." He added that the Arabian Gulf State is also partner for the US in the war against terrorism, particularly the efforts against the so-called Islamic State group, in hosting intra-Afghan talks, and in supporting people in Gaza.
For his part, the Qatari official said that the relationship between Qatar and the US has been, for decades, nothing but growing.
"And we really look forward that our discussion will contribute to the growth of this relationship in advancing peace and security in the region, in helping in mediating some of the conflicts that will help with the stability of the region, cooperating also on other development project to help other countries as well," he concluded. (end) asj.ibi