General McKenzie discusses with the Qatari Chief of Staff the defense cooperation between Washington and Doha
The Commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, discussed with the Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Salim bin Hamad bin Aqeel Al-Nabit, ways to maintain the momentum of defense cooperation between the United States and Qatar, and resolve the conflict in Yemen.
A Central Command statement said that General McKenzie expressed – during the talks that took place at the headquarters in Florida – his appreciation for Qatar’s contribution to the evacuation process from Afghanistan.
McKenzie said Qatar’s willingness and support to facilitate the transit of vulnerable US and Afghan citizens has been tremendous.
The commander of the US Central Command added that this effort, which took place in difficult circumstances, is the latest example of what makes the decades-old partnership between Washington and Doha so special.
A statement from the Central Command on the occasion of the visit of the Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces, Staff Pilot Salem bin Hamad bin Aqeel Al-Nabit, to the headquarters of the Central Command in Tampa, and his meeting with General Frank McKenzie, Commander of the US Central Command. pic.twitter.com/3jeSfEZZhV
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOMArabic) November 16, 2021
And Daniel Benaim, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, confirmed yesterday that Qatar is an exceptional partner, noting that the United States will take into account Doha’s requests to obtain F-35 drones and planes.
Nayem praised Doha, saying that “no country in the world has done more than Qatar has done to help us in Afghanistan, and this is to their credit.”