Obama lauds Qatar's contributions in Libya

AP News
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 4:31 PM
Obama lauds Qatar's contributions in Libya

President Barack Obama says the coalition of NATO members and Arab states acting to keep Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mahr gah-DAH'-fee) from attacking his people would have been impossible without the support of the tiny Arab nation of Qatar (GUH'-tur).

Qatar contributed military aircraft to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.

Obama met Thursday at the White House with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Obama said afterward he appreciated the emir's leadership in Libya, where rebels, spurred on by popular uprisings elsewhere in the region, are trying to force Gadhafi to step down.

Obama also congratulated the emir on Qatar's selection as host of World Cup soccer in 2022. He noted he'll be an ex-president by then and made a pitch for good seats.