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Obama hails Qatar as 'strong partner' against Islamic State group

AFP , Tuesday 24 Feb 2015
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President Barack Obama meets with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo)
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US President Barack Obama praised Qatar as a "strong partner" in the fight against Islamic State militants Tuesday, as he hosted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the Oval Office.

"Qatar is a strong partner in our coalition to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL," said Obama, using another name for the jihadist group.

"We are both committed to making sure that ISIL is defeated, to making sure that in Iraq there is an opportunity for all people to live together in peace," Obama said.

Qatar is host to a large US military base, but the two countries are sometimes uneasy allies.

The White House played down allegations that Qatar has itself has abetted hardline Islamic groups and is a source of terror financing.

"There are areas where we disagree with the Qataris" said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, adding there were more areas where interests "overlap."

Speaking after the meeting, the Emir also praised the strong bilateral relationship, and urged efforts to advance the Middle East peace process.

"We have to find a solution for Palestine. And I'm happy to learn, to hear from you Mr President, that you're committed," he said.

Libya and Yemen were also discussed.

"The bottom line is that Washington and Doha share an exceptionally strong strategic partnership," said Lori Plotkin Boghardt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

"Washington and Doha certainly have a number of important differences, but we've seen over and over again that the strategic partnership between the two allies ultimately trumps in importance almost all of those differences."

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Key
25-02-2015 01:08am
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America is Fighting Terrorism and the White House is Hosting It
You are the creators, funding machine, weapons suppliers, and trainers of DAESH, AlQaeda, MB, Boko Haram..etc. You may fool some however others are fully aware and understand what kind of terrorist proxies you continue to import and feverishly support within the entire ME and African regions. Guess you need some reassurance from your lapdog pet Qatar. In unity your time will come when all this terrorism and demented objective to divide the ME will fail miserably.
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lucky
25-02-2015 05:19pm
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Soros.. is his puppet master..
And Soros was born in Hungary. and sent Jeqs to their deaths in the Nazi war. Soros also funded Iran 1979. and I've found articles saying he is a British spy and I have found articles on how much he works with Russia. I still don't think Putin is Russian... Anyqays if you Google Soros.. he doesn't hide he wants to take down America.... so please don't say This is Americas fault. If you Google Obama.. everyone wants him impeached. and he burned his last *hope and change when he backed the radical protestors who burned Ferguson and started encouraging killing cops. We got the same problem you do Egypt.. but not a brave military that will do anything. We wait patiently for election day. please don't forget Americans were cheering you on when you removed Morsi. I saw a tweet even Walmart was happy. Obama is deliberately trying to make you not like us. Its part of the Putin plan... kill the west!!! Don't forget we had bases with other Arab nations that were our friends. And don'
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Allen
25-02-2015 12:32am
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Two clowns
Only fooling themselves.
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Aladdin, egypt
25-02-2015 12:21am
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Radio/TV stations
To defeat Islamist terrorist who hijacked Islam by their satanic understanding we need those two broadcasting stations managed by the Azhar broadcasting with different languages. We need our merciful Islam back.
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Aladdin, Egypt
25-02-2015 12:18am
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LOL
What a crack?
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Aladdin, Egypt
24-02-2015 09:43pm
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LOL
What a pity!
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