The simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine is an immediate concern for Mr. Biden, who is seeking to maintain unity with America’s European allies behind threats of sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin decided to invade.
Concerns about Russia’s ability to restrict the flow of natural gas to Europe could undermine that unity, and White House officials have said they are working with other countries around the world to offer advice. reassure European leaders if that happens.
In the case of Qatar, Mr. Biden also hopes to deepen economic and security ties. In his speech on Monday, the president welcomed the announcement of the Qatar Airways chief executive 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 deal announced on Monday, Qatar Airways will purchase a new super-cargo aircraft from Boeing, the 777-8 freighter. Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement at the White House that “Qatar Airways’ selection of the efficient 777-8 freighter is testament to our commitment to delivering freighters with market leading capacity, reliability and efficiency. ”
Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways Group, called it the launch of “the most important new cargo plane 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 other companies. its affiliated companies.
Brian Deese, director of Mr. Biden’s National Economic Council, said in a tweet that the deal could be one of the biggest US exports of the year, and bragged about the ways it agreement could help the US economy.
In short, this agreement strengthens the U.S. civil aviation industry, fosters greater domestic manufacturing capacity, a healthy combined defense-commercial industrial base, and supply chains, he wrote. strong response, while elevating hundreds of small businesses into Boeing’s supply chain,” he wrote.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/us/politics/biden-qatar-nato.html Biden names Qatar as a major ally outside of NATO