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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 13, 2008


U.S.-Qatar Gulf Security Dialogue

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Mark T. Kimmitt, Assistant Secretary of Defense Mary Beth Long, and Assistant Minister for Follow-up Affairs Mohammed Al-Rumaihi of the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-chaired the fourth round of the U.S.-Qatar Gulf Security Dialogue (GSD) on November 13, 2008. The fourth round of talks reflected the mutual U.S.-Qatar support for regional security and cooperation affecting the Gulf region. Both delegations expressed appreciation for their in-depth discussion of Iraq, Iran, Qatar’s regional initiatives, terrorism, weapons proliferation, and enhanced defense cooperation.

The United States and Qatar continue their robust cooperation on counterproliferation and counterterrorism issues. The United States highlighted Qatar’s participation in the Proliferation Security Initiative Fifth anniversary Meetings this past May and welcomed future participation in that Initiative.

Both delegations expressed their deep satisfaction with this fourth round of their GSD, and they look forward to continuing this important dialogue between the two countries.

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Released on November 13, 2008

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