Qatar emir in US amid accusations of backing Islamist groups | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Qatar emir in US amid accusations of backing Islamist groups

It may be a meeting of allies, but when Qatar's emir holds talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday, there are several issues which could test that friendship.

The meeting will be the first official visit to the White House by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been Qatar's ruler since June 2013.

The meeting was announced cordially, with the White House saying in a statement last week that Obama was looking forward to discussing "political, economic, and security issues of mutual concern to our two countries".

But those security issues -- which are set to dominate the talks -- could also provide the greatest friction between the two leaders, analysts said.

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