US President Donald Trump has described Qatar as a great place and Al Udeid Air Force Base an incredible base.
He made the remarks while participating in a Christmas Day video teleconference with members of the US military.
Trump was interacting with Brigadier General Jason R Armagost, Commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, US Air Force, based in Al Udeid.
Earlier, replying to Trump’s queries, Brigadier General Armagost said Qatar was a fantastic host.
“They are helping us to improve our infrastructure and make this kind of a crown jewel of a base.
“They are fantastic hosts, they are great to us, it is a fascinating place to work and operate from,” the US General said.
He also made a mention of the 7,000 US service personnel who are working “24x7, 365, on providing global strike intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, air lift and cargo and tanker operations including defence of space controls well across the entire Centcom.”
Brigadier General Armagost said Al Udeid is one of the strategic locations that takes part in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria every day.
“We also jointly operate with soldiers, sailors, marines and 28 coalition partners at the base,” he added.
Qatar and the United States have long been strategic partners, as evidenced by Qatar’s continued contributions to regional security and counterterrorism efforts through Al Udeid Air Base, which currently hosts approximately 10,000 US and Coalition members.