The governments of the State of Qatar and the United States of America signed an arrangement to protect the interests of the United States of America in Afghanistan, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the temporary hosting of individuals at risk due to the situation in Afghanistan, and an agreement on the exchange of information related to travel visas.
This came during the annual strategic dialogue between the two countries in its 4th session, which was launched in Washington under the chairmanship of His Excellency (H.E.) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and H.E. Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken.
During the 4th Strategic Dialogue, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani warned against abandoning Afghanistan, stressing that isolation is not a solution, and that engagement is the only way forward.
His Excellency said in a joint press conference with Antony Blinken, in Washington that the priority of Qatar is to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the Afghan people, especially with the approach of winter, adding that Qatar needs to make sure that facilitation of humanitarian assistance runs smoothly and urges and encourages the Taliban to live up to their commitments.
His Excellency explained that Qatar is in constant consultation with the United States, noting that the two countries agree on the importance of meeting the needs of the Afghan people, ensuring their safety and protecting them from violence.
His Excellency pointed out that Qatar places great emphasis on providing food supplies, medicines and health care services, and ensuring the continuity of schools in Afghanistan, adding that Qatar encourages the participation of international organizations in providing this aid, especially with the approach of winter.
His Excellency added that Qatar and the US must also ensure that the right people are evacuated. The State of Qatar assumes this responsibility by supervising the conduct of checks on evacuees from a security point of view. His Excellency underlined that some people could be accepted without their passports provided that they present their correct documents and Qatar is careful not to evacuate the wrong people who may harm others in other countries.
The dialogue also included sessions on the World Cup, labour issues, human rights and human trafficking, military and security cooperation, visa and consular issues, regional and global discussions, energy and climate change, cultural and educational cooperation, as well as law enforcement and counter-terrorism partnership, and health, economic and trade cooperation.
The dialogue included also two sessions on the sidelines of the first strategic dialogue for the Qatar-US Business Council and the second for Qatar-US Chamber of Commerce.
Cover image credit: MOFA Qatar
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