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Key Quotes On Qatar

Key Quotes on Qatar

“We are grateful to Qatar for their longstanding support of America’s present and continuing commitment to regional security, a commitment that includes information sharing and counterterrorism training… a united Gulf Cooperation Council bolsters our effectiveness on many fronts, particularly on countering terrorism, defeating ISIS/Daesh, and countering the spread of Iran’s malign influence. It is thus critical that the GCC recovers its cohesion as the proud Gulf nations return to mutual support through a peaceful resolution that provides for enhanced regional stability and prosperity.”

 Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense

“As a result of the memorandum of understanding our countries signed in July, the United States and Qatar have increased information sharing on terrorists and terrorist financiers. We have participated in counterterrorism technical training and taken steps to improve aviation security. We look forward to building on this foundation and implementing next steps.”

 Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State

“As the Gulf dispute nears the eight-month mark, the United States remains as concerned today as we were at its outset. This dispute has had direct negative consequences economically and militarily for those involved, as well as the United States. We are concerned by the rhetoric and propaganda employed in the region, playing out daily in Arab mainstream and social media. It is critical that all parties minimize rhetoric, exercise restraint to avoid further escalation, and work toward a resolution. A united GCC bolsters our effectiveness on many fronts, particularly on counterterror – countering terrorism, defeating ISIS, and countering the spread of Iran’s malign influence.”

 Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State

I think as a follow-on to our trip over there last week, there has been some, I think, positive movement. The Qataris have continued to move forward on the MOU that the U.S. and Qatar entered into to address many of the terrorism, terror financing, counterterrorism concerns that people have, and they have been very aggressive in implementing that agreement. So we’re – I think we’re satisfied with the effort they’re putting forth. I think they also have indicated a willingness to sit with the four parties and negotiate, discuss the demands. I think they have indicated they think it’s important that the sovereignty and dignity of all five countries be respected in those discussions.

And so what – I hope the four countries will consider as a sign of good faith lifting this land blockade, which is really having the most, I think, negative effects on the Qatari people. And that would be a good – I think a good sign if the four countries would do that. And I’m hopeful they’ll consider that seriously.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State (21 July 2017)

The base in Qatar is critical. It is the headquarters of the United States Central Command – that’s the four-star headquarters – it has responsibility for US military operations from Egypt to Pakistan, it also what we call our command air operations center which really is the nerve center for all our aviation operations which again extends from Egypt to Pakistan – it’s a very critical base.

General Joseph F. Dunford  Jr. USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (22 July 2017)

I applaud the leadership of his highness the emir of Qatar for being the first to respond to President Trump’s challenge at the Riyadh Summit to stop the funding of terrorism.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State (11 July 2017)

 

The agreement 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. The memorandum lays out a series of steps that each country will take in coming months and years to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counter terrorism activities globally. 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 … safe.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State (11 July 2017)

 

Our partners should remember that Qatar – at our request – welcomed delegations from the Taliban and Hamas, and that Qatar is now home to our military headquarters for our operations throughout the Middle East.

David Petraeus, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency, Former US CENTCOM Commander (03 July 2017)

 

As for the countries that accuse Qatar of financing terrorism, they have the same problems as Qatar, more so, they are on top of the list in that area,” he said. “There are financial institutes in these countries involved in financing terrorist organization and financing terrorist operations in western countries.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar (02 July 2017)

 

The United States supports and highly values Kuwait’s efforts to mediate the dispute among Qatar and Saudi Arabia. We share the view that there is a strong need to resolve this dispute as soon as possible through diplomatic dialogue.

Lawrence Silverman, US Ambassador to Kuwait (02 July 2017)

 

Qatar FMInternational law should not be violated and there is a border which should not be crossed. Regarding the demands and our position, we have been from the beginning very clear on this. We are not going to accept anything that infringes on our sovereignty or anything that is imposed on Qatar.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar (01 July 2017)

 

The longer the crisis around Qatar continues, the deeper and stronger the lines of conflict will become. We hope that there soon can be direct discussion among all those involved because a further escalation will serve no one.

Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister for Foreign Affairs (27 June 2017)

 

Behind the smokescreen, we believe that the blockading nations are seeking to isolate and punish Qatar for our independence and to retaliate against us for supporting the true aspirations of the Arab people.

Meshal Hamad Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States (11 June 2017)

 

We’ve had good cooperation from all the parties to make sure that we can continue to move freely in and out of Qatar, where we have both an important air base, as well as the headquarters for the United States Central Command.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman (13 June 2017)

 

I believe that (Qatar’s) Prince Thani inherited a difficult, very tough situation, and he’s trying to turn the society in the right direction.

Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense (13 June 2017)

 

I think this incident has proven really that Qatar is a reliable source of energy. Given whatever happened in the last week or two weeks, you know Qatar petroleum has issued a statement just yesterday, clarifying and making sure that people are aware that all the shipments, everything that we have in hydrocarbon and energy sector is working smoothly. We have not missed a single shipment during this time and we have been doing this for the last 20 years so this is as I said that’s still business as usual in the oil and gas industries.

Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Qatar Minister of Finance (12 June 2017)

 

We continue to be grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support for our presence and their enduring commitment to regional security.

Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon Spokesman (06 June)