Qatar has hired newly formed Praia Consultants for strategic counsel and guidance on developments in the political climate of the US.
The one-year contract is worth $1.2M and may be extended for another year if both parties agree in writing.
Vladimir Petrovic, former Serbia ambassador to the US and now government relations consultant, launched DC-based Praia on July 30.
Prior to accepting his diplomatic post in 2009, Petrovic raised money for Barack Obama's Senate campaign and worked for Democratic political candidates.
Chicago-based Dan Shomon, who was Barack Obama's Senate campaign manager and political director, is a consultant to Praia and active on the Qatari effort.
Praia is working the Qatar business as a subcontractor to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Qatar has been under a political and economic blockade since 2017 erected by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt for its alleged support of terrorism and cozy ties with Iran.