Biden tells emir he will make Qatar major non-NATO ally

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President Joe Biden promised Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Monday that he will soon designate Qatar as a major non-NATO ally, granting special status to a key friend in a turbulent region. During a meeting in the Oval Office, Biden said he planned to notify the US Congress soon of the designation, which is granted by the United States to close, non-NATO allies that have strategic working relationships with the US military. “Qatar is a good friend and reliable and capable partner. And I’m notifying Congress that I will designate Qatar as a major non-NATO ally to reflect the …

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