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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the New Amir of Qatar

I extend my best wishes to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as he assumes his new role as the Amir of Qatar.  Qatar is an important partner of the United States, and we look forward to further strengthening our cooperation in the years ahead.  I also extend my appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for his friendship and leadership.  The United States looks forward to working with Sheikh Tamim to deepen the ties between our two countries, and to continue our close partnership on issues of mutual interest.