'Qatar’s defense minister says Doha plans to expand US military’s al-Udeid airbase and to make the facility and US presence there “permanent.”
“We have a big plan to expand al-Udeid to make it permanent,” Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah made the remarks during an event held by the Heritage Foundation, a US-based think-thank, in Washington, on Monday.
“Colleagues in the US Department of Defense are reluctant to mention the word permanent, but we are working from our side to make it permanent,” he said, adding that
“We are planning for a 2040 Vision in the military-to-military cooperation with the United States in all aspects whether it is in the Air Force, Navy or the land force,” he said.
Attiyah went on to say that the expansion of the American airbase, which currently houses about 10,000 US military personnel, will allow for 200 more housing units for officers and their families as well as a new school within the compound.
“It will very soon become family oriented place for our American friends there. We want more of the families to be stable and feel more comfortable in their stay,” Attiyah said.
Al-Udeid is already the largest US military base in the Middle East. It also houses military personnel from the United Kingdom and other allies.'
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