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Qatar hires US firm to challenge Saudi

AP
Published : Jul 28, 2017, 4:25 am IST
Updated : Jul 28, 2017, 4:25 am IST

Hiring a firm associated with former Trump aide Corey Lewando-wski shows Qatar wants access to a White House with close ties to Saudi Arabia.

US President Donald Trump (Photo: PTI)
 US President Donald Trump (Photo: PTI)

Dubai: Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trum-p’s former campaign manager and another specialised in digging up dirt on US politicians, signalling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia’s massive lobbying efforts in America’s capital amid a diplomatic dispute among Arab nations.

The Gulf rift already has seen slogan-plastered taxicabs in London, television attack ads in the US and competing messages flooding the internet and state-linked media on both sides since the crisis began June 5.

 

Hiring a firm associated with former Trump aide Corey Lewando- wski shows Qatar wants access to a White House with close ties to Saudi Arabia.

According to documents newly filed to the US Justice Department, Qatar has hired Avenue Strategies Global for $150,000 a month to “provide research, government relations and strategic consulting services”. 

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