Obama meets with Qatari leader

President Obama on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with the emir of Qatar, discussing the Libyan intervention and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Qatar is one of the few Arab nations that has contributed material assistance to the NATO-led intervention against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. 

"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," Obama said, seated next to Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in the Oval Office, according to a pool report. 

Obama and Hamad both affirmed their support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. 

After the meeting, the president was expected to leave for Chicago to kick off his reelection campaign's fundraising effort.

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