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Key Quotes on U.S.-Qatar Partnership

“We agreed to enhance our cooperation to counter the financing of terrorism in key areas of mutual concern including by substantially increasing the sharing of information on terrorist financiers in the region, placing greater emphasis on charitable and money service business sectors in Qatar to prevent terrorists from continuing to use those sectors for illicit financing purposes, developing a Qatari domestic designations regime in line with international standards and taking joint actions against terrorist financiers.  We affirm that the United States and Qatar will significantly increase our cooperation on these issues to ensure that Qatar is a hostile environment for terrorist financing.”

– Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Secretary of Treasury, October 2017


“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.”

– Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, July 2017


“While the Qatari government does not fund Hamas, it does allow Hamas political representatives to be based in Qatar, which Qatar believes limits Iran’s influence and pressure over Hamas. Senior Qatari officials have stated that Hamas’ presence in Qatar does not imply support for the group and the Qatari government recently expelled some Hamas members. We do not expect Hamas’ new Political Bureau Chief Ismali Haniyeh to be based in Qatar, unlike his predecessor. Qatar has committed to take action against terrorist financing, including shutting down Hamas bank accounts.”

– Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, October 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.”

– Gen. (ret.) David Petraeus, Former Director of Central Intelligence and CENTCOM Commander, 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.”

– Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, July 2017

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