The following is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Washington, D.C. The leaders discussed the importance of facilitating the immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas. Secretary Blinken additionally expressed gratitude for Qatar’s indispensable mediation efforts, especially since October 7. They agreed to continue close coordination to provide increased humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza and to urge the protection of civilians consistent with humanitarian law. Secretary Blinken underscored the U.S. commitment to a more peaceful, integrated, and prosperous Middle East region with security for Israel and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. They also discussed concerns with the Houthi threat to navigational rights and freedoms in the Red Sea. The leaders reaffirmed the strength and importance of the U.S.-Qatar bilateral relationship in promoting regional security and stability, founded on a history of over 50 years of close cooperation.