Qatar and the United States signed Monday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that strengthens the existing strategic framework for combating terrorism, said HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al -Thani, Director of the Government Communication Office.
His Excellency added that this memorandum is based on the long history, close cooperation and partnership between the United States and the State of Qatar, noting that it is the first of its kind between the GCC countries and the United States.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “the agreement in which we both have signed on behalf of our governments represents weeks of intensive discussions between experts and reinvigorates the spirit of the Riyadh summit.”
According to Tillerson, the memorandum lays out a series of steps the two countries will take over the coming months and years to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counterterrorism activities globally. The agreement includes milestones to ensure both countries are accountable to their commitments, Tillerson said.
“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,” Tillerson said.
HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani said that the memorandum of understanding includes the participation of all concerned parties between the two governments to ensure cooperation in the basic fields of combating terrorism such as security, intelligence and finance. “The State of Qatar considers that the memorandum of understanding should be a model for the GCC countries to develop such a framework with the United States of to unite efforts to combat terrorism,” he said.
HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani expressed his hope to continue cooperation with our allies in the United States in the international efforts to defeat the ISIS (Daesh) .