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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
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February 6, 2024

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The following is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha to discuss ongoing efforts to secure the release of the hostages held by Hamas and enable an extended humanitarian pause in the conflict in Gaza.  Secretary Blinken and the Amir agreed to continue close coordination to increase humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza and to urge the protection of civilians consistent with humanitarian law.  The Secretary reiterated the U.S. rejection of any forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza and underscored the U.S. commitment to establishing durable peace in the Middle East, including the establishment of a Palestinian state that ensures security for Israelis and Palestinians alike.