Obama to host leaders of Qatar, Jordan, Turkey at White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with emir of Qatar, king of Jordan and prime minister of Turkey at the White House in April and May, respectively, the White House announced Friday.

Obama will host Amir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani at the White House on April 23, said the White House in a statement.

The meeting will focus on "the close defense partnership, expanding commercial ties, and many other areas of cooperation," said the statement, adding that Washington vowed to continue to deepen its consultations with Qatar on "many important developments in the region."

"The President looks forward to a broad discussion with the Amir on a range of mutual interests and regional issues to further strengthen our bilateral partnership."

On April 26, Obama will meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House to discuss "Jordan's political and economic reforms, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and additional regional issues of mutual concern."

President Obama will also meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on May 16, discussing issues concerning Syria, trade and economic cooperation, and countering terrorism, said the White House in the statement.