The United States has commended Qatar for its ongoing support for peace in Afghanistan following this week’s meeting between the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah and the US’s Department of State South and Central Asian Affairs Senior Bureau Official Alice Wells.
Earlier, the US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, tweeted “appreciation for Qatar’s constructive partnership, dedication and ongoing support for peace in Afghanistan”
Addressing a press briefing late Monday Nauert confirmed that Wells attended meetings in Qatar and met with Al Attiyah, along with other high-ranking officials.Nauert said: “I can tell you that our senior bureau official for SCA, Alice Wells, is returning today from Doha, Qatar, and that’s where she’s been meeting with the – she met with the deputy prime minister. She also met with other government officials to talk about their contributions to the situation in Afghanistan.
In her press conference, Nauert also answered a question on the return of First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.
She said the Dostum issue was for the Afghan government to deal with.
“… reports about General Dostum returning to Afghanistan, we would see that largely as an internal matter for the Government of Afghanistan to handle. We’re certainly aware of the reports,” she said.
In addition, she passed on her condolences to the those affected by Sunday’s suicide bombing that killed over 20 people shortly after Dostum’s return.