Qatar has become a main negotiator for the release of Israeli and non-Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza. The tiny Emirate has led mediation efforts in Afghanistan, Iran and Ukraine in recent years. From helping the U.S. evacuate 58,000 people after the Taliban takeover in 2021 to brokering a prisoner swap deal between the U.S. and Iran, Qatar has been involved.
WSJ’s Shelby Holliday explains how the Gulf nation became a diplomatic powerbroker.
0:00 Qatar negotiating release of hostages
0:37 Qatar’s influence
1:47 Qatar’s diplomatic track record
3:16 Qatar’s troubled relationships
3:56 What’s next?
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