Emir holds talks with top US officials

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Emir holds talks with top US officials
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HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani with CIA chief John Brennan.


HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani met the US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano here yesterday.

During the meeting, they reviewed scopes of co-operation and other issues of mutual concern.

HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani and the members of the delegation accompanying the Emir also attended the meeting.

The Emir also met US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew yesterday. They reviewed bilateral relations, particularly in the economic and financial fields.

He also held talks with Speaker of the US House of Representative John Boehner,  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Robert Menendez.

On Tuesday evening the Emir met US President Barack Obama.

They discussed a range of issues including Syria, Egypt, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Afghanistan.

Meeting with reporters in the Oval Office, Obama said the two leaders talked about ending the “slaughter” in Syria, while touching upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s disregard for his own people and his eventual “removal.”

Speaking through an interpreter, the Emir called the Syrian situation “a horrific tragedy” and suggested that Assad’s government “leave power” to staunch the bloodshed.

Both leaders said they wanted to see Egypt succeed economically and politically. The Emir said the stability of Egypt was important “to the whole Arab world,” and also key to maintaining peace with Israel.

“For Qatar, it’s very important for us to see peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and to see also a good relationship between Arab countries and Israel once a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement is reached,” said the Emir.

Obama said he urged Qatar to provide support for Palestinian Authority President Abbas in his negotiations with Israel.”

The president also thanked the Emir for personally helping bring about a dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

“These are all very difficult issues and neither of us are under any illusions that they will be solved overnight, but what we agree with is that if our two countries are communicating frankly ... and pursuing common strategies that we can be a force for good for the entire region,” Obama said.






1)HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.


2) The Emir with Democratic leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.


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