Ogilvy Government Relations is providing outreach and engagement with key Washington policymakers for Qatar, which has been under an economic and political boycott by neighboring Arab states for more than a year.
The WPP unit is working as subcontractor to law firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, which has the master contract for strategic communications and government relations services.
Under its one-year agreement with NMR&S, Ogilvy is to receive a monthly $10K retainer through May 31, 2019.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are leading the blockade against Qatar. They allege Qatar supports terrorism and object to its close ties with Iran.
WPP's Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Burson Cohn & Wolfe are Saudi Arabia's go-to firms as the Kingdom ups its international profile under the leadership of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS).
In April, Qatar turned to Ballard Partners for counsel and assistance related to its outreach to government and business officials in DC and Florida, which hosts the winter White House.
Ballard Partners, which has close ties to Donald Trump, is to receive $2.1M plus "reasonable costs" for its one-year campaign that runs through March 31, 2019.