US working closely with Turkey, Qatar on Kabul airport: Blinken

The U.S. is “working closely” with its allies in Turkey and Qatar on quickly reopening Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sept. 3.

“We’re working closely with our partners Qatar and Turkey to help get the airport in Kabul up and running as quickly as possible,” he told reporters at the State Department.

Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are set to visit Qatar in a joint bid to thank the kingdom for its ongoing efforts in Afghanistan, they announced on Sept. 3.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will also leave on a trip Sunday that begins in Qatar….

Austin will then visit Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, also military allies of the United States, the Pentagon said.

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U.S. defense secretary to travel to Gulf countries next week

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait next week, the Pentagon said on Friday, in a “thank you” tour for allies and troops that helped in the massive U.S.-led airlift from Afghanistan