On behalf of the United States of America, I extend our best wishes to the State of Qatar as you celebrate your National Day.

I am thankful for Qatar’s continuing friendship and partnership, which continues to broaden and deepen to the benefit of both countries. I want to express my gratitude for Qatar’s key role as a mediator in efforts to secure the release of unjustly detained Americans in Iran in September, and hostages held by Hamas in Gaza. These efforts reflect a shared U.S. and Qatari commitment to promote security and stability in the Middle East and beyond.

Please accept my warmest congratulations on this special occasion.

U.S. Department of State

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