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Foreign Minister Antony Blinken met with the Prime Minister of Qatar on Thursday to discuss regional crises in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Yemen.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani supported the US call to promote “peace and security” through a strategic partnership.
The Qatari Prime Minister pledged to support peace talks in Afghanistan as the Taliban grow in strength.
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But instability in Afghanistan is not the only geopolitical problem in the region.
The civil war in Yemen has been going on since 2014 and, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
Qatar pledged $ 100 million to Yemen on Thursday through the World Food Program.
In addition, bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the Arab nation would also support Lebanon, which is facing major economic challenges.
The World Bank has described Lebanon’s economic decline since 2019 as the world’s worst financial crisis in over 150 years after the country’s currency fell 95 percent in value.
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The Qatari prime minister told Blinken they would approve the Lebanese armed forces “in kind” to fund the country’s dwindling armed forces.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken had “highlighted the importance of our strategic partnership” and highlighted the US and Qatar’s “joint commitment” to promoting stability in the region.