USA base in Qatar provides a sense of security to the country at a time of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East over the ongoing strife between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen, which cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in June a year ago, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
He further stressed that all parties must "minimize rhetoric, exercise restraint to avoid further escalation, and work toward a resolution".
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, left, shakes hands with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as Qatar's Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, shakes hands with Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, after signing memorandums of understanding during the US Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Department, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington.
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"Qatar and its people have been illegally and unjustifiably blockaded". We have stood together many time in the face of tyranny, fought those who defied the rule of law, and walked jointly to confront the complex and expensive challenges that face our region today, he said.
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"The United States enjoys a longstanding defense relationship with Qatar", Mattis said. "We are grateful to Qatar for their longstanding support to America's presence and commitment to regional security, including information sharing and counterterrorism training".
The inaugural session of the strategic dialogue has been fruitful in strengthening cooperation in fields of politics, military and economic development.
Qatar never waived its commitment to stand with friends and allies, 'especially when they needed us the most, he said.
Tillerson and Mattis both praised Qatar's improved cooperation in counterterrorism and praised the military relationship, while expressing the hope that the spat with Saudi would end. Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane said the statements made by the Qatari and US officials sent a message to three key actors: US President, as well as the leaders of the UAE and Saudi.
Secretary Mattis appreciated Qatar's effort in maintaining excellent military-to-military relations, hosting Al Udeid Air Base, home to our Combined Air Operations Center, the United States Air Force Central Command Forward Headquarters. The expansion at the Al Udeid base will allow for 200 more housing units for officers and their families, Al Attiyah said.