US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Sunday that he had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with qatar regarding the expansion and renovation of al-Udeid Air Base, which hosts thousands of US military personnel and the forward headquarters of the US military’s Central Command.
“The US and Qatar signed an MOU enabling deeper coordination on potential expansion at Al Udeid Air Base. Qatar’s offers to fund capital expenditures and sustainment affords the possibility of a more enduring US presence”, the joint statement issued following the second US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue read.
Washington has also welcomed “Qatar’s generous offer to expand critical facilities at bases used by US forces in the country and to align operating procedures at these bases with NATO standards, thereby increasing the operational capability of US and coalition forces based in Qatar”.
In addition, the two countries have agreed to boost cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as combating terrorism, consolidating state-of-the-art defence facilities, expanding trade and investment partnership, as well as enhancing educational and cultural cooperation.
According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who signed the MOU with Qatar as part of his…