Qatar is America’s strongest ally in the Middle East region. Qatar works extensively with the US to support international counterterrorism efforts, engaging with agencies including the State Department, the US Department of Treasury, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
Qatar is clear that it does not, has not and will never support terrorism or finance any terrorist groups. They actively participate in a number of international coalitions and organizations dedicated to combatting terrorism, including the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, INTERPOL, the Global Counter Terrorism Forum and the Financial Action Task Force.
In May 2017, US President Donald Trump and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries met at the Riyadh Summit in order to work towards strengthening security and defense ties. Qatar was the first country in the Middle East region to implement the principles of the Riyadh Summit by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States in July 2017 to counter terror financing. The MoU signed by the State of Qatar and the United States goes further than any other GCC country in efforts to interdict terrorism financing.
A strong reminder of Qatar’s commitment to fighting terrorism came in March 2018 when the Qatari National Counter-Terrorism Committee placed 28 individuals and entities on a terrorism list, including several Qatari nationals. US intelligence officials express great confidence that Qatar shares America’s goals against radical terrorists.
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