Obama thanks Qatari amir for support on Libya

10:42, April 15, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday thanked Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani for the Gulf state's support on Libya while the two met at the White House.

Obama told reporters after the bilateral meeting that they went through "a very useful conversation" and he thanked the amir for " the leadership" he has shown when it comes to "democracy in the Middle East," and in particular in Libya.

"Qatar has not only supported diplomatically but has also supported militarily and we are very appreciative of the outstanding work that the Qataris have done side by side with other international coalition members," said Obama.

He also mentioned two countries' cooperation on Israeli- Palestinian conflict, global food security and the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

The Qatari amir thanked Obama for "the position the U.S. has taken in support of the democratization process that taken place in Tunisia and in Egypt and what is attempting to take place in Libya."

But he said that the most important issue for the region is Israel-Palestinian peace.

"We do understand your position Mr. President in supporting the existence of two states peacefully living side by side and we support your position," the amir said.

The direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians started in September last year under brokering by the Obama administration. But the talks was soon stuck in a limbo after Israel failed to extend moratorium on West Bank settlement.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are the only two Arab states that have committed to participating in the NATO-led airstrikes on Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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