2nd Qatar-U.S. Strategic Dialogue kicks off in Doha

DOHA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Doha Sunday to co-chair the second round of Qatar-U.S. Strategic Dialogue, the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

The Dialogue was also chaired by Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

The two sides would sign several agreements on defense, security, economy, and trade exchange.

The dialogue tackles the latest developments in the Gulf crisis and international efforts to solve the repercussions of Qatar blockade, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The two sides will also target strengthening partnership between them in combating terror; opening new markets for Qatari investments in the United States; consolidation of military and defense relations; and enhancing cooperation in the fields of energy, ports, and banks.

Meanwhile, Pompeo will meet with Qatari officials to discuss regional issues, such as Afghanistan and the importance of a united Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in standing against the Iranian regime's "destabilizing activity" and advancing peace, prosperity, and security in the region.

The secretary of state traveled to Doha from Abu Dhabi, where he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on Saturday.

Pompeo is later expected to head to Riyadh, where he will meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]


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