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Obama, Qatar’s emir express solidarity to defeat IS

February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Qatar’s leader say they are committed to defeating Islamic State militants, despite what the president is calling the “extraordinary challenge” of stabilizing Syria.

Obama made a show of solidarity with Qatar by hosting Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for his first visit to the Oval Office Tuesday.

Qatar allows the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against IS to use its air base. Qatar also has provided substantial arms and aid to Syrian rebels.

Obama says the two leaders are “deeply concerned” about Syria. Hey says they don’t believe it’s possible to stabilize the country with Bashar Assad in power.

Al Thani became the crown prince a decade ago at age 23 when his older brother gave up his position as emir-in-waiting.

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