BGR Government Affairs has inked a $30K monthly contract to provide strategic counsel and outreach to officials, decision-makers, non-government organizations and media in the US, specifically in Texas, for Qatar.

Walker Roberts, co-head of both BGR’s international and trade practice and defense group, handles the effort with PR principal Jo Maney.

Roberts served as deputy staff director of the International Relations Committee under Republican Henry Hyde of Illinois. Maney was communications director of the House Rules Committee when it was chaired by David Dreier (R-CA).

BGR's contract with Qatar, which has emerged from an economic blockade launched by its Arab neighbors, went into effect Dec. 1 and runs through May 31.

The DC-based firm reports to Hamad Al-Muftah, deputy chief of mission at Qatar’s embassy.