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Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US, Qatar sign deal to combat terror financing

US, Qatar sign deal to combat terror financing

Egypt announced the meeting with Tillerson in Jeddah on Wednesday, saying it "reflects the four countries' desire to enhance coordination and underscore their unity on ways to deal with Qatar in the future".

In the presence of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the second joint meeting of Qatar, Kuwait and United States was held at Al Bahr Palace today.

"Together, the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information, and will do more to keep the region and our homeland safe", the Secretary of State said.

"Since Qatar signed the memorandum of understanding with the USA, newspapers owned by Saudi Arabia and the UAE have lashed out at Tillerson, blaming him to be leaning towards Qatar and describing the shuttle diplomacy as something that is not going to come up with any tangible results", Ahelbarra said.

On June 23, Saudi Arabia and its allies released a 13-point list of demands, including the severance of all Qatar's ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement.

Then Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a graduation ceremony and air show for the 50th anniversary of the founding of King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.

During the talks, Shoukry "reiterated concerns about Qatar's backing of terrorism, asserting that Egypt maintains the demands presented by the four countries to Qatar", a foreign ministry statement said on Wednesday. The demands include curbing Qatar's relations with Iran, closing the Doha-based Al Jazeera TV channel, shutting a Turkish military base in Qatar and handing over all designated "terrorists" on its territory, Reuters indicated.

"We in the region have decided not to allow any kind of tolerance towards extremist groups, terrorist groups and hate groups", Sheikh Abdullah said.

After Doha, Tillerson is set to tour other gulf capitals as part of U.S. mediation in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Kuwait, as a mediator for solving the crisis, the USA and Britain have called for "a rapid end" to the crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors through dialogue.

Despite greater apparent agreement between United States president Donald Trump and Mr Tillerson about the need for a quick resolution to the crisis - which USA officials say is undermining core U.S. interests - Mr Tillerson's efforts so far have not been sufficient for either side to change its position.

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