(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) US Secretary of State John Kerry met here with Qatar's Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Attiya on Friday night for a discussion on the Syrian conflict, the Mideast negotiations, Iran, Afghanistan, and security across the Arab world
Ahead of their closed-door meeting, the two leaders gave brief remarks to reporters, with Kerry reaffirming the close bond between the US and Qatar
"We've had a very strong and collaborative relationship working on our defense cooperation relationship, but also on Syria, Mideast peace, the issues of Egypt, the Gulf region, Iran - very, very significant dialogue, and I'm very appreciative for that," Kerry said
"Foreign Minister Attiya has signaled that the Emir and Qatar want to be particularly helpful to us in our counterterrorism efforts," he added. "They have taken the initiative with respect to efforts to try to see if there is a way forward in terms of peace dialogue with the Taliban. We're very grateful to them for their efforts to be an intermediary, to try to help put that proposition to the test." For his part, Al-Attiya thanked Kerry for hosting him, and hoped the discussion "will be a fruitful one today"