Qatari and US relations are improving. At the launch of a US-Qatar Economic and Investment Dialogue in Washington in October, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken said the partnership with Qatar was â€absolutely essential and fundamentalâ€ to American strategy in the region.
â€œThe US and Qatar are partners economically just as we are in the security sphere,â€ said Blinken, adding that Qatar plays an outsized diplomatic and strategic role and is a â€œvery significantâ€ source of foreign capital.
He was speaking after the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), one of the worldâ€™s most aggressive sovereign wealth funds, announced it pledged to invest $35 billion (Dh128.55 billion) in the US over the next five years.
â€œThe Qataris are trying to tell the Americans â€˜look our relationship is about more than just politicsâ€™ itâ€™s holistic it involves other sectors, this investment is to compensate for any political rifts or disagreements with the Americans.â€™â€
Those strains have included disagreements with Washington over the Qatari approach to conflicts like Libya and Syria.