The oil-rich Arab country of Qatar (pronounced like “cutter”) is going to invest $35 billion in the United States and our state government wants in on the action.

Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin courted the Qatari ambassador to the United States, Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Friday at the state capitol.

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The Charleston Gazette reported the country is looking to invest “in fields like energy, tourism, real estate and education,” and that an in investment in the Mountain State would likely be focused on energy.

As a seemingly gesture of goodwill, the Ambassador al Kuwari also announced a “$50,000 donation to Reconnecting McDowell, the public-private partnership aimed at improving opportunities in impoverished McDowell County.” As of April, McDowell County along the state’s southern border, has the state’s highest unemployment rate.

An investment is far from certain but another meeting is scheduled for September.

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