Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Donald Trump held a telephone call on Friday [File: Alex Brandon/AP]

US President Donald Trump has thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for the Gulf country’s efforts in facilitating the release of two Western hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Qatar’s official news agency has reported.

The emir and Trump held a telephone call on Friday in which the US president “expressed his sincere thanks” to the emir “for its active role in facilitating the release of the two hostages who were held in Afghanistan”, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.

During the phone call, they “reviewed the strategic relations” between the two countries and “ways of enhancing them”, in addition to “discussing the

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