On the evening of February 22, the US Embassy in Doha hosted its National Day reception at the Sheraton Hotel. Ambassador Dana Shell Smith welcomed the guests of honor, HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, HE Minister of Public Health, Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, HE Ambassador Ibrahim Fahkroo and HE Ambassador Mahmoud Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and a distinguished array of Qatari officials, fellow diplomats, business, cultural, and education leaders who came in recognition of the strong US-Qatar bilateral relationship. The reception was the final event in a week-long celebration of the United States in Qatar, ‘Discover America Week’.
In her remarks, Ambassador Smith highlighted the deep partnerships and friendship between the two nations and recognised the diplomats, American and Qatari businesses, students and educators, and men and women in uniform who come together on a personal level every day to deepen ties between the United States and Qatar.
Ambassador Smith said:
Shared appreciation for and understanding of different cultures connects us in a way that allows us to better conduct all other conversations, whether on diplomacy, trade, or politics. It allows us to understand each other as human beings and on a personal level.’
The event also celebrated the milestones of the bilateral relationship reached in recent years. Last year, HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani had his first visit as Emir to the White House. He met again with President Obama at Camp David, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Doha and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at the World Innovation Summit for Education. The United States and Qatar inaugurated in Washington an Economic and Investment Dialogue, and Washington officials hosted several Qatari ministers and the CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority to discuss ways to enhance the commercial relationship, which continues to expand and grow.