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Release No: NR-058-13
December 10, 2013

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Visit to Qatar

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout:

Secretary Hagel met this morning with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, on his final stop of his five country visit.  Secretary Hagel and the emir reaffirmed the defense cooperation and partnership between the United States and Qatar, underscored by the signing of the defense cooperation agreement by Secretary Hagel and Qatar Minister of State for Defense Affairs General Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah.

The defense cooperation agreement governs the interactions between U.S. and Qatari forces including training, exercises, and other cooperative activities. The agreement promotes cooperation and is a testament to the longstanding security partnership enjoyed by the United States and Qatar.

Secretary Hagel and the emir discussed regional security issues, including Iran, Syria, and Egypt. On Iran, Secretary Hagel emphasized the United States' commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and support for the joint plan of action with the P5+1. Secretary Hagel underscored the importance of Iran fulfilling its P5+international obligations, and the U.S. commitment to its posture in the region in support of its allies and partners.

On Syria, Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' commitment to a political solution in Syria, support of the Geneva II conference based on the Geneva communique; that Asad must go; the need to support the moderate opposition; and the importance of addressing the impact of the conflict on Syria's neighbors. Secretary Hagel and the emir agreed to work together to achieve these goals.

Secretary Hagel and the emir also discussed the importance of deepening U.S. and Qatari defense ties, including defense purchases important to the security of both nations and regional security. Secretary Hagel discussed the minister of state for defense affairs’ participation in the GCC Defense Ministerial that Secretary Hagel announced in his remarks at the Manama Dialogue.