SECNAV Completes Partnership
Partnership-Building Visit to Qatar
From Secretary of the Navy Public
Doha, Qatar -- November 20, 2013 -- (NNS)
-- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus completed a visit to Doha, Qatar, Nov. 20.
The visit was designed to build upon an existing relationship with Qatar, an
important partner in the Middle East region.
"Qatar is and remains a very valuable American partner," said
Mabus. "In our cooperation on a wide range of issues, it has proven itself
repeatedly to be a positive and innovative force."
SECNAV Ray Mabus meets with Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Maj.
Gen. Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiyah
Mabus met with Qatar's Minister of State for Defense, Maj.
Gen. Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah, Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces, Maj.
Gen. Ghanim Shaheen al-Ghanim, the Commander, Qatari Emiri Navy, Maj. Gen.
Muhammad bin Nasir Mubarak Shakiri al-Muhannadi and the Commander, Qatari Emiri
Air Force, Maj. Gen. Mubarak Mohammed Al Kumait al-Khayarin.
During the meetings, Mabus expressed his desire for continued
military cooperation with Qatar's armed forces.
"We look forward to collaborating with Qatar on our shared
goals of stability and prosperity in the region," said Mabus.
Mabus also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Susan
Ziadeh, and Marines assigned to the embassy in Doha, expressing his thanks and
support for their efforts.
"We remain committed to the region despite any fiscal
challenges," said Mabus. "The President's defense strategy, in part, calls for
us to concentrate on the Arabian Gulf, and that is what we have done and will
continue to do."
Mabus' stop in Qatar is part of a multi-nation visit to the
U.S. European, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility focused on
reinforcing existing partnerships and visiting Sailors and Marines providing