US Secretary of State Blinken and Qatari foreign minister Al Thani have signed a ‘strategic dialogue’ in Washington.
The United States and Qatar have agreed that Qatar will represent US interests in Afghanistan, with the first US envoy leaving in August.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed two agreements on Friday for Qatar to take responsibility for “protecting power” from US interests in Afghanistan.
“Qatar is instrumental in promoting regional peace,” Secretary Blinken told Al Thani at the Washington administration.
Qatar will facilitate the connection between Washington and the Taliban government in Afghanistan, which the US did not recognize.
Qatari Foreign Minister Al Thani said: “We are committed to supporting the stability of Afghanistan and to the security and health of the people of Afghanistan.”
“Qatar will establish a US diplomatic mission within its ambassador to Afghanistan to provide additional diplomatic missions and monitor US security in Afghanistan,” Blinken said.
“The second agreement, which strengthens our alliance with Qatar to facilitate the movement of Afghan people and special US Visas.”
Qatar will work to ensure that international humanitarian aid reaches the people of Afghanistan, Al Thani said.
The move comes at a time when the US and other western nations are embroiled in controversy over how to join the Taliban after seizing power in Kabul after Afghan troops advanced and US forces withdrew after 20 years of war.