Qatar’s Washington embassy has hired Neale Creek to improve bilateral relations with the US and develop investment and business opportunities.
NC co-founder Andrew King spearheads the one-year effort, which is worth $50K per-month to his Chevy Chase, MD-based firm.
He spent two decades working for South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, exiting as deputy chief of staff in 2015. King joined Glover Park Group in 2017 as managing director and left in August.
Graham, a close ally of President Trump, is a strong booster of Qatar.
The Qatar Investment Authority plans to spend billions in South Carolina in support of Barzan Holdings, which is controlled by the Arab state’s defense department.
Charleston is home to a major Boeing plant.
Saudi Arabia organized an economic & political blockade of Qatar in 2017 for its cozy ties with Iran and alleged support of terror groups. That ban remains in effect.
NC’s contract with Qatar bars it from working for any country in the MENA region, other than Morocco.
As subcontractor to JPC Strategies, NC serves as government relations advisor to Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation under an 18-month agreement pegged at $360K.