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US, Qatar discuss bilateral, global issues, including Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken. Photo: State Department/Ronny Przysucha

Washington, Nov 13 (MNN) US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken met with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and discussed a host of bilateral and other issues, including Afghanistan, the State Department said on Saturday.

The two led their respective sides in the fourth US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue here on Friday (local time).

Later, they released a joint statement to stress their strong partnership and bilateral cooperation in health, humanitarian assistance, international development, labor and human rights, security cooperation, climate change, trade and investment, culture, and education.

The US and Qatar signed several accords, including an Arrangement on the Protection of US Interests in Afghanistan and an MOU on cooperation to host individuals at risk due to Afghanistan situation.

The spokesperson said that the two sides underscored deep cooperation on regional issues while discussing challenges in Afghanistan and the extraordinary teamwork between the two countries on the relocation to the United States, through Qatar, of more than 60,000 US citizens, lawful permanent residents, special immigrant visa holders and at-risk Afghans.

“Both sides discussed political developments in the region, including in Syria, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa. They remain deeply concerned about the West Bank and Gaza, will continue to work together to improve humanitarian and economic conditions for all, and discussed the importance of achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The US highlighted Qatar’s bilateral and multilateral humanitarian assistance efforts, including its collaboration with UN agencies in the form of a 500 million dollar multi-year assistance pledge to aid forcibly displaced populations and refugees.

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