SecState Blinken In Qatar To ‘Work,’ Otherwise Called World Cup Watching

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C) watches the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between USA and Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken landed in Doha earlier this week to attend the World Cup and to also hold sideline meetings with Qatari officials regarding the fate of Iran as regional tensions in the Middle East remain high amid the advancement of Iran’s nuclear program and nationwide protests throughout the country.
  • Blinken will be holding crucial diplomatic talks with Qatari officials in Doha, one of America’s trusted respondents with Iran. Qatar shares a massive offshore natural gas field with Tehran and has maintained friendly ties with the regime for several years.
  • The Secretary of State, a soccer fan and player himself, will watch as the United States faces the United Kingdom Monday night at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

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