Qatar played an outsized role in US efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan.
Now the Gulf state is being asked to help shape what is next for Afghanistan because of its ties with both Washington and the Taliban, who are in charge in Kabul.
Qatar will be among global heavyweights Monday when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosts a virtual meeting to discuss a coordinated approach for the days ahead, as the US completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country. The meeting will also include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, Turkey, the European Union and NATO.
Qatar is also in talks about providing civilian technical assistance to the Taliban at Kabul's international airport once the US military withdrawal is complete Tuesday.
Qatar's Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Associated Press it has been taking part in negotiations about the operations of the Kabul airport with Afghan and international parties, mainly the US and Turkey.
Qatar said its main priority is restoring regular operations while preserving safety and security at the airport facilities.
Meanwhile, the UN agencies are asking Qatar for help and support in delivering aid to Afghanistan.
Qatar's role was somewhat unexpected. The nation, which shares a land border with Saudi Arabia and a vast underwater gas field in the Persian Gulf with Iran, was supposed to be a transit point for just a few thousand people airlifted from Afghanistan over a timeline of several months.