Washington DC, 4 July 2022 (TDI): The Secretary of the United States (U.S), Antony J. Blinken, called Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The officials discussed the means to enhance the US-Qatar partnership.

Following the discussions on enhancing the US-Qatar partnership, the U.S State Secretary also commended Qatar. Specifically for its continued support and assistance with Iran, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.

According to the official statement, he appreciated Qatar’s announcement of an additional $60 million for support to the Lebanese Armed Forces.

In addition, the Secretary also thanked the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s efforts to help achieve a joint return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  (JCPOA).

JCPOA is a nuclear detailed agreement between countries. Namely, Iran and China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the US regarding the Iranian nuclear program.

US-Qatar partnership
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed by the leaders of Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) on July 14, 2015.

Furthermore, the Secretary expressed gratitude for hosting indirect talks with Iran in Doha. The discussion also focused on forging greater cooperation and partnership opportunities to resolve regional issues.

Recent negotiations in Doha 

The negotiations between the Iranian and U.S delegates intended to reboot the talks between Iran and other partners. More to this, the discussion focused on bringing the U.S back into the 2015 deal.

Correspondingly, the U.S and the European Union remarked that “no progress was made” in the recent talks in Doha.

However, the Foreign Minister of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian regarded these negotiations as “positive.” He further elaborated on the possibility of reaching a deal while talking to Foreign Minister Al-Thani.

In addition, he stressed continuing negotiations to reach a realistic agreement while emphasizing the role of the U.S in the talks. That is, the Iranian Foreign Minister stated that an accord is achievable if the U.S is realistic.

Furthermore, the discussion in Doha concluded before U.S President, Joe Biden’s official visit to the Middle East.