Departments of State and Treasury Host Inaugural U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 23, 2015


The U.S. Department of State will hold the inaugural U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue on October 26, in Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Treasury Jacob J. Lew will launch the event with their Qatari counterparts, Foreign Minister Dr. Khaled Al-Attiya, Minister of Finance Ali Al-Emadi, and with CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani.

Qatar is a key strategic partner of the United States, and the two countries work closely across a range of issues. The Economic and Investment Dialogue represents a milestone that will strengthen a bilateral relationship that already includes record levels of trade and investment. In September, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority, opened its first office in the United States with the State of Qatar planning to invest $35 billion in the United States over the coming five years. In Qatar, American companies are achieving remarkable success and making important contributions to Qatar’s development strategy.

This inaugural U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue will highlight the close cooperation between the United States and Qatar and establishes a mechanism to further strengthen commercial and economic ties in the coming years.

All open press events will be streamed live on 2009-2017.state.gov.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

The schedule of events is listed below. For more information please contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492 and NEA-Press@state.gov.

U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue

9:00 a.m. U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue Opening Ceremony with Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken, Treasury Assistant Secretary ‎Glaser, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, and Qatari Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, at the Department of State
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

Pre-set time for video cameras and still photographers: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

9:20 a.m. Memorandum of Understanding Signing to Inaugurate the U.S.-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue, at the Department of State
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

Pre-set time for video cameras and still photographers: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

Final access time for journalists: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

9:30 a.m. Bilateral meeting with Secretary Kerry and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, at the Department of State
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)