The West owes Qatar a favor over Afghanistan. That was the point.

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

Since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the world’s top diplomats have been beating a path to Qatar, long the gateway to the Taliban and now the essential go-between as the West tries to deal with the new Kabul government. This is no accident.

Analysts describe Qatar’s emergence as a broker in Afghanistan as a part of a carefully nurtured strategy by the tiny but rich state to bolster its own security, by becoming indispensable as a venue for international mediation.

Indeed. Qatar has made quite the name for themselves. The question is whether their bid to be an impartial player in world negotiations will stick 🤔