Statement

Statement | Nov. 16, 2021

Readout from Gen. Frank McKenzie's meeting with Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. (Pilot) Salem Bin Hamad Al-Nabit in Tampa, Nov. 16th, 2021

USCENTCOM

U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Frank McKenzie met with Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. (Pilot) Salem Bin Hamad Al-Nabit in Tampa today.

The leaders exchanged views on a range of topics, to include maintaining the momentum of defense cooperation between the two nations, resolving the conflict in Yemen and Qatar’s ongoing preparations to host the FIFA Arab Cup.

McKenzie congratulated Al-Nabit on his recent appointment as chief of staff and expressed his appreciation for Qatar’s contribution to the evacuation from Afghanistan.

“Qatar’s willingness and support to facilitate the transit of U.S. citizens, at-risk Afghans and other evacuees from Kabul was tremendous,” McKenzie said. “That effort – conducted under difficult circumstances – was just the latest example of what makes our decades-long partnership so special.”