Blinken and Qatari counterpart discussed civilian protection and aid during meeting, US says

Blinken and Qatari counterpart discussed civilian protection and aid during meeting, US says
# 04 November 2023 23:25 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Amman, APA reports citing CNN.

Neither spoke during a brief photo spray at the beginning of their meeting on Saturday, but the US State Department released a statement later.

They discussed "the vital importance of protecting civilians, providing increased and sustained humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, and ensuring Palestinians are not forcibly displaced outside of Gaza," according to a readout from spokesperson Matt Miller.

Blinken also "reiterated his thanks to the Qatari government for its work to secure the exit of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Gaza, the release of hostages held by Hamas, including two U.S. citizens, and continued efforts to prevent the conflict from spreading."

Qatar has served as a key negotiator in discussions with Hamas amid the conflict in Israel and Gaza. The US has credited the Gulf nation for its help in securing the release of four hostages held by the group, as well as for the eventual opening of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

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