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Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar

April 10, 2018

President Trump. Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have the Amir of Qatar with us. He's a friend of mine, knew him long before I entered the world of politics. He's a great gentleman. He's very popular in his country. His people love him. We're working on unity in that part of the Middle East, and I think it's working out very well. There are a lot of good things happening.

Also, we have a gentleman, on my right, who buys a lot of equipment from us, a lot of purchases in the United States, and a lot of military airplanes, missiles, lots of different things. But they've been great friends in so many ways. And we're working very well together, and I think it's working out extremely well.

So, Amir, thank you very much for being here. Appreciate it.

Amir Tamim. Thank you very much, Mr. President.

President Trump. Thank you.

Amir Tamim. I'm very happy and honored to be here, and thanks for this invitation. Our relationship between Qatar and the United States has been more than 45 years. It's a very strong, solid relationship. Our economic partnership is more than $125 billion, and our aim and goal is to double it in the next coming years.

Our military cooperation is very solid, very strong. As everybody know, that the heart of fighting terrorism is from Al Udeid Base. And, thank God, it's been a very successful campaign against the terrorist groups around our region.

Lately, before I come here, I was in Tampa. I visited the CENTCOM, and we met with the generals. And it was a very important visit, and it shows how strong our cooperation is between the armed forces.

Of course, we speak today, and we see the suffering of the Syrian people. And me and the President, we see eye to eye that this matter has to stop immediately. We cannot tolerate with a war criminal; we cannot tolerate with someone who killed more than half a million of his own people. And this matter should end immediately.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

President Trump. Thank you. And Tamim and I have been working for a number of years now—actually, even before the fact—on terrorism. And we're making sure that terrorism funding is stopped in the countries that we are really related to—because I feel related. But those countries are stopping the funding of terrorism, and that includes UAE; it includes Saudi Arabia; it includes Qatar and others.

A lot of countries were funding terrorism, and we're stopping it. It's getting stopped and fast. Very important. And you've now become a very big advocate, and we appreciate that.

Amir Tamim. Thank you, President. We—I want to make something very clear, Mr. President: We do not and we will not tolerate with people who fund terrorism. We've been cooperating with the United States of America to stop funding terrorism around the region. We do not tolerate with people who support and fund terrorism.

I would like to also thank the President for him being involved personally in solving the GCC crisis. He's been very helpful. He's been supporting us during this blockade. And I would like to also thank the American people for being very supportive. And his role is very vital to end this crisis in our region.

Thank you, sir.

President Trump. Thank you very much. Thank you.

NOTE: The President spoke at 12:06 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House. Amir Tamim referred to President Bashar al-Asad of Syria.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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