On August 22, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to discuss the nature of the crucial US-Qatar bilateral relationship. In addition to strengthening ties, the two discussed the latest regional developments in Iraq, as well as Qatar’s support for both the US and Afghan governments goals.
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 21, 2018
Qatar’s role in mitigating the conflict between Afghanistan and the Taliban has markedly increased over the years. Qatar, at Washington’s request under the Obama administration, facilitated in opening an unofficial Taliban embassy in Doha so that negotiations could take place between the US, the Afghan government, and the Taliban at a neutral location. Additionally, Qatar’s military support and involvement in achieving US strategic goals in Afghanistan have grown as the nation has joined the multi-nation coalition with its first-ever deployment of Qatari ground troops to the South Asian nation.
Furthermore, Qatar has played a crucial role in supporting US interests in Iraq and the wider region. Qatar’s humanitarian agency, the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), recently pledged a $3 million grant to assist in rebuilding Mosul’s (and surrounding regions’) water handling capacity and infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water. This grant is a part of Qatar’s broader commitment to rebuild Iraq. After a global donor conference held in Kuwait, Qatar agreed to donate $1 billion to help Iraq in rebuilding infrastructure.