Senior U.S. official to tour Gulf states for closer economic ties

February 28, 2012 11:30 am 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — A senior U.S. official from the State Department will visit Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia for closer economic ties, the department announced in a statement on Monday.

The statement said Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, who is in charge of economic, energy and business affairs, will travel to the Gulf region from Monday to next Tuesday to meet with economic officials and business community representatives in an effort to deepen bilateral trade and investment relationship.

Fernandez will travel to Doha, Qatar from Monday to Wednesday, where he will meet with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss the business and investment climate, said the statement.

From Thursday to Friday, he will continue his tour to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, where he will attend the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-U.A.E. Economic Policy Dialogue (EPD), said the statement.

The EPD is aimed to serve as a coordinating and convening mechanism and to provide a regular forum to identify actions that will strengthen the U.S.-UAE economic and commercial relationship.

From Saturday to next Tuesday, Fernandez will be in Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with government officials and private sector representatives and speak at the Jeddah Economic Forum on ways to promote economic growth, according to the statement. (PNA/Xinhua) FPV/ebp

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