Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met Khaled Ibn Khalifa, the Emir of Qatar, near the United Nations headquarters in New York City Tuesday. This is the first time a senior Israeli official has publicly met the Emir of Qatar.
Israelis have held meetings with Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the past, but never with the Emir.
The meeting had not been included in the formal timetable and was not pre-planned. Livni told the Emir how important it was for moderate states like Qatar to support the diplomatic process between Israel and the Arabs and said the meeting had been "very positive."