U.S. VP meets with Amir of Qatar

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday met with Amir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at the White House, and the two reaffirmed support for the "historic changes" sweeping the Middle East region, the White House said.

They discussed developments in the Middle East and the " enduring partnership" between their countries, the White House said in a statement, noting that the two leaders reaffirmed their support for "the historic changes sweeping the region.", Xinhua reported.

Biden commended Qatar for its leadership on Libya and for successfully hosting the first Libya Contact Group meeting in Doha on Wednesday, which aimed at "advancing the Libyan people's desire for lasting peace and stability in their country," the statement said.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are the only two Arab countries to join the NATO-led airstrikes on Libya, and Qatar is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The vice president reaffirmed the United States' commitment to regional security in the Gulf and thanked the amir for his country 's important support to U.S. troops stationed in Qatar, the statement said, adding that both leaders pledged to further strengthen the friendship between their countries "through sustained bilateral and multilateral cooperation."

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the amir at the White House on Thursday afternoon.

[Source: Trend, Baku, 14Apr11]

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