Release
Immediate Release

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

Aug. 27, 2021

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

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah about the situation in Afghanistan.

The Secretary thanked Minister Al-Attiyah for Qatar’s generous support in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens, Embassy Kabul personnel, and at-risk Afghans through Qatar.  Both leaders acknowledged the strong U.S.-Qatar partnership, which quickly enabled Qatar’s critical support to Afghanistan evacuation operations.