Biden Thanks Emir Qatar for ‘Peace’ Efforts in Afghanistan
United States President Joe Biden expresses appreciation for Qatar's support for the ongoing evacuations in Afghanistan, saying airlifting would not have been possible if not for Qatar.
US President Joe Biden spoke with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar to reaffirm the longstanding friendship between the two countries, said the White House in a call readout.
The White House said the president expressed appreciation for Qatar’s generous support for the ongoing evacuation process of US citizens, diplomatic staff and several partner nations, and vulnerable Afghan nationals from Afghanistan.
Biden also said without early support from Qatar, the "largest airlift of people in history" would not have been possible. He highlighted Qatar's role in facilitating the transfer of thousands of people daily. Moreover, the president thanked the Emir for Qatar's role in facilitating the intra-Afghanistan talks.
Additionally, the two leaders underscored the importance of continued close coordination on developments in Afghanistan and the broader Middle East, welcoming the upcoming Baghdad summit that will be held in Baghdad for regional states.
Earlier, Biden had said that during August, his forces would "try" to evacuate 30,000 US nationals and Afghans who worked alongside the United States from Afghanistan.
In turn, a Taliban spokesman noted that China could participate in Afghanistan's development in the future. Additionally, China had previously accused the United States of leaving chaos behind them in Afghanistan, especially following footage of Afghan nationals attempting to escape from the Kabul airport en masse.