In the Midst of European Energy Concerns, Biden Talks With Qatar’s Emir.
President Joe Biden will meet with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the White House on Monday.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani might be a key factor in helping Europe avert an energy crisis if tensions between Russia and Europe intensify over Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine.
Biden is anticipated to inform the emir on the state of diplomatic efforts between the US and Europe, but senior administration officials did not provide specifics on how the oil-rich nation of Qatar could assist with the energy crisis in Europe in a preview of the meeting on Sunday.
“I’m aware with all of those parts of the energy picture,” a senior administration official said, “but that’s not something I can go into in this conversation.”
The European Union relies on Russia for almost 40% of its gas supply, which includes pipelines that pass through Ukraine.
European leaders have stated that they are planning for a scenario in which Russia shuts off that supply if the US and Europe impose harsh sanctions on Russia as a result of its aggressiveness in Ukraine.
Russia has amassed 120,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, demanding that Western allies withdraw troops and armaments from Eastern Europe and deny Ukraine membership in NATO. Russia has denied any intention of invading Ukraine.
According to the White House, this is the first visit by a Gulf leader under the Biden administration.
According to the administration source, Qatar has become a more vital friend to the US in the last year after serving as the first and major transit destination for over 60,000 Afghan refugees and acting as a crucial mediator with the Taliban government after the pullout.
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According to the official, the emir will meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and separately with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and members of Congress.