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Biden eyes Qatar as major non-NATO ally

The upgrade in ties comes as the United States is seeking Doha's help in supplying natural gas to Europe.
President Joe Biden meets with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2022, in Washington, DC.

US President Joe Biden notified Congress today of a decision to designate Qatar a major non-NATO ally.

Biden revealed the decision during a meeting in the Oval Office with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who on Monday became the first Gulf leader to visit Washington during Biden’s presidency.

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