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On this AEI Events Podcast, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar HE Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani joined AEI to discuss recent developments in the ongoing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis and US-Qatar relations.
His Excellency began with opening remarks discussing new agreements between Qatar and the US on topics of cyber security, trade and investment, human trafficking, and joint defense. He addressed Qatar’s resilience toward the diplomatic and economic blockade spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that began in June 2017, while calling for an immediate strategic dialogue to agree on common principles of coexistence among the GCC member states.
In a discussion with AEI’s Andrew Bowen, His Excellency shared insight into the steps necessary to move beyond the current impasse. Specifically, he stated that new principles must govern the relationship among GCC nations and that the US could take a larger role in the crisis, as much trust has been lost among GCC members in the past seven months. His Excellency further addressed regional questions regarding Iran, Yemen, Turkey, and Iraq.
The Q&A session covered issues pertaining to Al-Jazeera, terror finance, and the result of the US-Qatar strategic dialogue.
Danielle Pletka offers opening remarks (0:54), Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani joins the stage (2:21), opened to audience Q&A (33:42).
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