Biden designates Qatar as a major non-NATO ally

The impending conflict between Russia and Ukraine is the immediate concern of Mr. Biden, who seeks to maintain unity with America’s European allies behind threats of sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir V. Putin decides to invade.

Concerns that Russia could restrict the flow of natural gas to Europe could undermine that unity, and White House officials said they were working with other countries around the world to reassure European leaders if it was happening.

In the case of Qatar, Mr. Biden also hopes to deepen economic and security ties. In his address on Monday, the president applauded the Qatar Airways chief executive’s announcement of a $34 billion deal to buy planes from Boeing. Mr Biden said the deal would support tens of thousands of jobs in the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement announced on Monday, Qatar Airways will buy a new super-cargo aircraft from Boeing, the 777-8 freighter. Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a White House announcement that “Qatar Airways’ selection of the efficient 777-8 freighter demonstrates our commitment to providing freighters with industry-leading capacity, reliability and efficiency. of the market. “

Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways, called it “the most important new cargo plane launch in a generation”.

White House officials called the deal between the two companies one of the largest in Boeing’s history and said it would benefit Americans by supporting tens of thousands of jobs at Boeing and its affiliates. affiliated companies.

Brian Deese, the director of Mr Biden’s National Economic Council, said in a tweet that the deal could be one of the biggest exports of the year from the United States, and bragged about the how the deal could help the US economy.

“In short, this agreement boosts the U.S. civil aviation industry, promoting greater domestic manufacturing capacity, a healthy hybrid trade defense industrial base and strong supply chains, while elevating the hundreds of small businesses that feed Boeing’s supply chains,” he wrote.

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