Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the current Emir of Qatar, visited the Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) on Friday, April 13, 2018. The visit came as the Emir concluded his one-week official visit to the United States during which His Highness met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, various cabinet members, congressional leaders from both parties, military commanders, and business executives. Accompanying him were Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Emir’s brother H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Chief of Staff of the Emiri Diwan H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, and Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States H.E. Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad Al Thani.
After welcoming remarks by ACW Executive Director Khalil E. Jahshan, Sheikh Tamim addressed members of the board of directors, research fellows and staff members by focusing on his meetings with administration and congressional officials. His Highness reported that his visit to the United States was successful and that his meetings with President Trump, administration officials, and political and civic leaders enhanced Qatari-American strategic relations.
His Highness praised the mission of Arab Center Washington to improve American understanding of the Arab world and particularly its emphasis on the themes of democracy, human rights, and just and lasting peace for conflicts in the region.