The best Washington diplomat visited Doha for the first time since the Afghan peace talks in September.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani from Qatar and the country’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Saturday as part of his Middle East tour.
During Pompeo’s visit to Qatar, after a stopover in the United Arab Emirates, important issues were discussed, including the ongoing Afghan peace talks.
On his last visit in September, the Foreign Minister landed in Doha for the « historic » peace talks between the US, the Afghan government and the Taliban, in which politicians hoped to bring an end to the devastating war in the country.
With peace talks seemingly stalling, Pompeo held two separate meetings with the Afghan government and the Taliban delegation to discuss how all parties « can increase the likelihood of a successful outcome ». .
In addition, the Pentagon recently announced that at least 2. Withdraw 000 soldiers from Afghanistan to finalize an earlier Washington-Taliban deal signed in February in hopes of a full US withdrawal by 2021.
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The Trump administration was also keen to see other successes in the president’s final weeks in office. Further efforts have been made to resolve other issues, including the GCC crisis.
In a recent statement from US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, he expressed his hope that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will open to Qatar Airways flights within « 70 days ». .
« We felt that solving the problem of air connections where Qatar Airways could fly over the airspace of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was an important first step in solving this rift. I would like to see when we leave the office in the next 70 days, ”he said.
O’Brien added that resolving the crisis will serve America’s interests and will bring « real economic opportunity across the Middle East. ». .
« There is no winner from this crisis and we all lose, » he added.
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