Qatar, which has faced an economic blockade for the past year, signs a $1.2M pact with Blueprint Advisors, a firm that has close ties with president Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Blueprint is to rebut claims by blockade leaders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that Qatar's cozy ties with Iran foster terrorism and hinder peace in the Gulf region.
The firm's founder Chris Henek, who signed the Qatar contract, was a senior advisor to the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee.
He also did a four-year stint as business consultant to Giuliani Partners, where he identified domestic and business opportunities and set up speaking engagements for Giuliani.
Blueprint co-chairman Tony Carbonetti served as NYC Mayor Giuliani's chief of staff, presidential political advisor and co-founder of Giuliani Partners. He leads the Qatar engagement.
The firm will assist Qatar’s attorney general Ali Al-Marri to keep American decision-makers informed of his country’s anti-terrorism and pro-peace policies. It also will work for economic development.
On June 4, Qatar's foreign minister dismissed threats of military action from Saudi Arabia over its plan to buy a Russian-made air defense system.
Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, according to Qatar-based Al Jazeera, said the decision is a "sovereign" one.