SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. And good evening to those watching in Kuwait.
Dr. Ahmad, it’s wonderful to be with you, to host you and your team here in Washington, D.C. The foreign minister and I just completed a great conversation, a productive gathering, and our teams have been doing the same. These annual meetings each time have been more productive than the one previously.
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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will lead the United States delegation to the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, which will be held virtually November 23-24. This event is the sixth quadrennial gathering of approximately 70 countries and international organizations to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference is being hosted by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty
“Ever since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz Al Saud first laid the foundation for our ties 75 years ago, Saudi Arabia has been an important partner in this volatile region. The relationship between our people has grown since that time, and it’s distinguished today by deep and steady cooperation between our two nations.”
– Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, October 14, 2020
MODERATOR: Let’s go ahead and get this started. Good morning, everyone. This briefing is provided on background. Attribution is to a senior State Department official. [Senior State Department Official], who you all know, will talk to you about the stops in the Middle East and provide a little context and answer some of your questions.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha, Qatar. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Al Thani for Qatar’s steadfast support for a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, underlined by Qatar’s hosting of Afghanistan peace negotiations.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani today in Doha, Qatar. Secretary Pompeo thanked His Highness Al Thani for Qatar’s military partnership at the Al Udeid Air Base, initiatives to counter terrorism financing, and the ongoing support for Afghan peace negotiations.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel on November 21 to Doha, Qatar, where he will meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss defense and counterterrorism initiatives, the third U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue held in September, growing bilateral opportunities for trade and investment, and expanded cultural exchanges during the 2021 Qatar Year of Culture.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Secretary Pompeo and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed discussed the progress of the UAE’s normalization of relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords Declaration and issues of bilateral concern, including security cooperation and countering Iran’s malign influence in the region, as well as that of China.