U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Meeting with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah | site |



(Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 19, 2021)

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met today with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah.

The two leaders affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Qatar strategic partnership. They discussed shared interests regarding regional security and, in particular, Qatar’s critical support to evolving operations in Afghanistan.

Secretary Austin thanked Qatar for its long-standing hospitality in hosting U.S. forces and offered deep gratitude to Minister Al-Attiyah for Qatar’s help in facilitating the transit of U.S. citizens and Embassy Kabul personnel out of Afghanistan through Qatar.