Qatar and US to deepen counter-terror cooperation
11 Nov 2017 - 4:01
Washington: The First US-Qatar Counterterrorism Dialogue took place in Washington, DC on Wednesday, a statement issued by the US Department of State said .
The Qatari delegation was led by Major General Abdul Aziz Al Ansari, Chairman of Qatars National Counter Terrorism Committee, and included Dr Mutlaq Al Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Counterterrorism and Conflict Mediation, as well as officials from the Ministries of Justice and Finance , and the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance Committee , while the US Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales led the US delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury.
The statement said that the delegations reviewed the positive progress in implementing the US-Qatar counterterrorism Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Doha, on July 11 by Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The MoU laid out the mutual commitments for increasing information sharing, disrupting terrorism financing flows, and intensifying counterterrorism activities. Topics discussed included regional terrorist threats, counterterrorism financing, regulation of the charitable sector, information sharing, and aviation security.
Building on this progress, the United States and Qatar will deepen their counterterrorism cooperation further.