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Qatar Adds U.S. Lobbying Muscle After Saudi Rift, Trump Snub

  • Persian Gulf country has hired seven U.S. firms since election
  • Arab rift with Qatar ended in January after nearly four years

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Qatar is ramping up its lobbying efforts in the U.S., eager to cultivate a closer relationship with the Biden administration and Congress in order to avoid a repeat of 2017, when it was caught off-guard by a Saudi-led boycott in the Persian Gulf.

Since January, Qatar has hired seven prominent firms to do lobbying and consulting work in Washington at a combined rate of $186,000 per month, according to Foreign Agent Registration Act documents. At least five of the firms have close ties to Democrats, including links with the House and Senate foreign affairs committees.