CNBC – Middle East is ‘brimming with extremism’ but Qatar doesn’t support terrorism: Foreign Minister
Qatar’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister has defended his country’s record on extremism:
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani said Thursday that Qatar is assisting in global counter-terrorist operations, just as Gulf countries added to a “terrorism list” more entities they say are supported by Doha.
“I come from a region brimming with extremism,” Al-Thani said. “The Middle East was once a region of peace and co-existence but sadly it has transformed into a region of turbulence and extremism where terrorism flourishes.”
Speaking at a counterterrorism conference hosted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a U.K.-based defense and security think-tank, Al-Thani said the fight against extremism was “not over:
“For many years, Qatar has stood with allied regions to say enough is enough,” he said, adding that “Qatar is committed to destroying terrorism.”