Sen. Marshall Hosts Qatar Ambassador in Kansas
(Kansas City, KS, May 15, 2022) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall today hosted Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States in Kansas City on the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Qatar relationship. The Senator and Ambassador attended the AdventHealth 400 at the Kansas Speedway. Following the visit, Senator Marshall issued this statement:
“Having the opportunity to host Ambassador Al-Thani in Kansas City today, there is no doubt that the relationship between our two countries over the past 50 years could not be more important — especially after they helped get a record number of Americans out of Afghanistan,” said Senator Marshall. “It was an honor to host Ambassador Al-Thani this weekend, and I look forward to strengthening the diplomatic relations between our countries for years to come.”
Photos of Senator Marshall and the Ambassador from today’s AdventHealth 400 are below.
The U.S.-Qatar economic ties are extensive. According to the U.S. Department of State:
- As Qatar’s largest foreign direct investor and its single largest source of imports, the United States has developed a robust trade relationship with Qatar, with over 120 U.S companies operating in country.
- U.S. exports to Qatar increased by 47.7% from 2018 to 2019, totaling $6.5 billion in 2019.
- The United States is a leading equipment supplier and partner for Qatar’s oil and gas industry, and U.S. companies have played a significant role in the development of the oil and gas sector.
- In addition to energy, U.S. companies also performed well in export sales to Qatar’s defense, aviation, ICT, healthcare, food, and engineering/construction sectors.
- U.S. imports from Qatar include liquefied natural gas, aluminum, fertilizers, and sulfur.
- The United States and Qatar signed a trade and investment framework agreement and participate in annual bilateral Strategic Dialogues.
- Qatar announced a plan to invest $45 billion in the United States, in addition to billions of dollars’ worth of military and aviation, energy, and ICT contracts.