Qatar's Emir visits largest U.S. military base of Middle East

Li Jiayao

DOHA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited Doha's airbase of Al Udeid, the largest U.S. base in the Middle East on Monday, QNA reported.

The Emir inspected the Qatari Emiri Air Force and the Combined Air Operations Center for the U.S. Central Command, QNA said.

The Emir was briefed on the strategy of the Emiri Air Force, especially about the joint Air Defense Forces and command units and inspected a number of combat aircrafts, helicopters and transport aircrafts, in addition to some military vehicles and air military pieces, according to QNA.

During the visit, the Emir met with Commander of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Lt Gen Jeffrey Harrigian and a number of senior U.S. officers and reviewed the joint Qatari-U.S. military defense cooperation, as well as the mutual cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism.

Qatar is home to the Al Udeid airbase that holds the forward headquarters of Central Command and hosts around 10,000 American troops.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, and presented a list of demands to Qatar to end the blockade, including the closures of the Al Jazeera news network and a Turkish military base in Doha.

Doha denies the accusation and condemned that the blockade is a violation of international law.


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