US, Qatari officials discuss Afghanistan at Washington D.C. meeting

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Qatar’s Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani conducted the sixth U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue on March 5 in Washington, D.C., with Afghanistan being one of the topics of discussion, according to a statement from the US State Department.

The statement, released on Wednesday, noted that discussions also covered challenges in Afghanistan and the collaborative efforts between the two nations regarding the relocation to the United States, through Qatar, of thousands of individuals from Afghanistan.

A new U.S.-Qatar Agreement on the Temporary Hosting of Individuals at Risk Due to the Situation in Afghanistan, unveiled during the Dialogue, aims to improve the process of relocating individuals from Afghanistan through Qatar. “This agreement is already enhancing America’s ability to process Afghanistan relocations through Qatar,” the State Department said.

The United States expressed its appreciation for Qatar’s ongoing support in protecting US interests in Afghanistan.

This year’s Dialogue underscored the comprehensive and long-standing relationship between the US and Qatar, celebrating 50 years of partnership in areas ranging from economic and security cooperation to technological advancements and community engagement across both nations.