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Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014

Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, dominates the list of official presents given to the President, First Lady and government officials

Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
The six Gulf states gave nearly $3 million worth of gifts to the Obama government, representing nearly 86 percent of all the official gifts received last year, according to the latest annual report released by the US Department of State. Image: President Barack Obama with the late Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia. (Getty Images)
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Saudi Arabia:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $2,566,525

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 85.4%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 75%

\nMost expensive gift: $780,000

\nGiven to: Mrs. Teresa Heinz Kerry, Spouse of the Secretary of State of the United States.

\nDetails: Emerald and diamond jewelry set containing a ring, earrings, bracelet, and necklace.

\nReceived: 1/5/2014

\nFrom: Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Qatar:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $183,821

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 6.11%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 5.37%

\nMost expensive gift: $24,150

\nGiven to: The Honorable Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States.

\nDetails: Rug with case. Gold and silver ship depicting United States and the State of Qatar flags in case. Cartier bracelet with engraving.

\nReceived: 5/12/2014

\nFrom: The Honorable Dr. Ali Bin Fetais Al-Marri, Attorney General of the State of Qatar.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
UAE:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: 167,116

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 5.56%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 4.88%

\nMost expensive gift: $12,000

\nGiven to: Neveine Habeeb, Special Agent, ICE Attache´ for Dubai.

\nDetails: Dubai police delegation for training related to mass transit and counterterrorism programs.

\nReceived: 5/5/2014

\nFrom: Colonel Mohammad Al-Bastaki of the United Arab Emirates.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Oman:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $40,503

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 1.348%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 1.185%

\nMost expensive gift: $8,500

\nGiven to: David Dunford, Ambassador of the United States to the Sultanate of Oman.

\nDetails: Framed 18k gold military-style medals.

\nReceived: 6/21/1995 (Included in latest report)

\nFrom: His Majesty Qaboos bin Said bin al Said, Sultan of Oman.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Kuwait:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $1539

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.05%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.045%

\nMost expensive gift: $1,150

\nGiven to: Mr. Dan von Geijer, Office of Global Strategies, International Analyst, Transportation Security Administration.

\nDetails: Baume and Mercier watch.

\nReceived: 9/11/2014

\nFrom: Major General Al-Sugaeebi, Assistant Under Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for Port Security Affairs and Brigadier General Al-Haddad of the State of Kuwait.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Bahrain:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $1,965

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.065%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.057%

\nMost expensive gift: $1,000

\nGiven to: Ms. Stephanie T. Williams, Deputy Chief of Mission.

\nDetails: Pearl earrings.

\nReceived: 1/16/2013 (Declared in latest report)

\nFrom: His Excellency Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Afghanistan:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $6839

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.22%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.2%

\nMost expensive gift: $3,895

\nGiven to: Brigadier General John C. Thomson III, Commandant of Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy.

\nDetails: 22k yellow gold jewelry set containing a necklace and matching pair of earrings.

\nReceived: 8/1/2014

\nFrom: Major General Ahmad Malgarai, Defense Official of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Algeria:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $3435.78

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.11%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.1%

\nMost expensive gift: $885

\nGiven to: Barack Obama, President of the United States.

\nDetails: Ceremonial dagger decorated with detailed silver work and coral stones.

\nReceived: 8/21/2014

\nFrom: His Excellency Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Egypt:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $2725

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.065%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.057%

\nMost expensive gift: $2,300

\nGiven to: John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States.

\nDetails: Gold-plated copper replica of the Horus collar inlaid with semiprecious stones.

\nReceived: 7/11/2014

\nFrom: Professor Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Sayed, Minister of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Iraq:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $5,703

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.189%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.166%

\nMost expensive gift: $3,900

\nGiven to: Ms. Erin Kotheimer, Senior Economic Officer.

\nDetails: Belle gold bracelet.

\nReceived: 7/6/2014

\nFrom: Mr. Mustafa R. Ahmed Zengene, Kirkuk Branch Manager of the Oil Product and Distribution Company of the Republic of Iraq.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Jordan:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $8729

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.29%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.255%

\nMost expensive gift: $1,950

\nGiven to: Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States.

\nDetails: Silver canister inlaid with tile mosaic of a tree, said to contain holy water from the River Jordan, in custom box.

\nReceived: 9/19/2013

\nFrom: His Majesty Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Lebanon:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $1,725

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.057%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.05%

\nMost expensive gift: $535

\nGiven to: David Hale, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Lebanon.

\nDetails: Two Herme`s ties.

\nReceived: 2/11/2014

\nFrom: His Excellency Najib Mikati, Caretaker Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Libya:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $600

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.01%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.01%

\nMost expensive gift: $600

\nGiven to: Barack Obama, President of the United States.

\nDetails: 8′ x 4′ carpet with multi-coloured stripes, patterns, camels, and white fringe. 20.5″ silver circular platter engraved with building and text ‘‘Interim Government of Libya’’

\nReceived: 8/7/2014

\nFrom: His Excellency Abdalla Alteni, Prime Minister of the State of Libya.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Morocco:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $6,605

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.219%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.193%

\nMost expensive gift: $3,880

\nGiven to: John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States.

\nDetails: Limited-edition Piri Reis pen with sterling silver piston filling.

\nReceived: 4/4/2014

\nFrom: His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Palestinian Authority:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $625.00

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.02%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.01%

\nMost expensive gift: $625

\nGiven to: Barack Obama, President of the United States.

\nDetails: Framed metallic disc plaque decorated with beads and stones. Framed tile art featuring red, purple, yellow, and white flowers on green vines.

\nReceived: 3/16/2014

\nFrom: His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Turkey:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $3424.2

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.11%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.1%

\nMost expensive gift: $504.2

\nGiven to: Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States.

\nDetails: Gilded copper Tombak urn with an etched floral pattern.

\nReceived: 9/30/2014

\nFrom: Mrs. Emine Erdog˘an, First Lady of the Republic of Turkey.
Revealed: Gifts given to the US administration by Middle Eastern countries in 2014
Yemen:

\nTOTAL VALUE OF GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US: $2,735

\n% OF TOTAL OFFICIAL GIFTS TO THE US FROM ARAB COUNTRIES IN 2014: 0.09%

\n% OF ALL OFFICIAL GIFTS GIVEN TO THE US IN 2014: 0.08%

\nMost expensive gift: $1,075

\nGiven to: White House Staff Member Lisa Monaco.

\nDetails: Gold medal display, title: ‘‘The Golden Medal of the 50th Anniversary of 26 September and 14 October.’’ Ceremonial Jambiyyah dagger. Silver jewelry set including a necklace, bracelet, and earrings.

\nReceived: 3/30/2014

\nFrom: His Excellency Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, President of the Republic of Yemen.