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Qatar Recommits to Counterterrorism Efforts at NATO Meeting

On Tuesday, July 9th 2018 the State of Qatar’s Ambassador to NATO addressed a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium to renew its commitment to fighting terrorism, in partnership with its America, European, and Gulf security partners.

The State of Qatar renewed Monday commitment to the fight against terrorism, calling for doing so through prevention and treatment.

Ambassador to Belgium and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the European Union & NATO Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi made that statement in a NATO meeting that included GCC ambassadors as well as NATO ambassadors.

In the speech, HE the ambassador reviewed the efforts of the State of Qatar in the fight against terrorism, pointing out that it is an integral part of the global coalition against ISIS. he added that Qatar hosts the U.S. military base in Al Udeid, from which the country conducts its counter-terrorism operations.

Ambassador Al Khulaifi recounted Qatar’s participation in the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, its MoU with the United States on combatting terrorism financing, and Qatar’s domestic legal actions against suspected terrorism financiers:

He noted that the State of Qatar is an active member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, which was established in 2011 and consists of 29 countries, in addition the European Union. He also noted that the State of Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a center for the combating terrorist financing operations with the participation of GCC countries and the United States.

Qatar also issued a law to combat terrorism and amended the provisions of other relevant laws in accordance with international laws related to combating terrorism and financing. It also issued a terrorism list last March that included names and entities against which a final judicial decision was issued.

The Ambassador called for strong action to prevent the spread of extremist ideology by investing in impoverished areas of the world:

Al Khulaifi pointed out that the spread of poverty is a result of the intensification of conflicts in the Middle East region and the transformation of the region into hotbeds of extremism, stressing that the treatment of terrorism and radicalism will only come through solutions of economic nature and by increasing development rates. He added that the decline in development rates acts as a fertile ground for the emergence of new terrorist groups, considering that military solutions alone will not eliminate terrorism.

His Excellency also highlighted the partnership between the State of Qatar and NATO:

Referring to the visit of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to NATO last March and the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two sides, the partnership has developed markedly between both sides since the visit of the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani to NATO back in 2006.

He also highlighted Doha’s hosting the annual NATO conference on arms limitation and non-proliferation in March 2015, as well as the signing of the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program between the State of Qatar and the NATO in 2016, in addition to the security agreement signed between the two sides in January 2018. HE the ambassador also highlighted Qatar’s contribution to peace efforts in Afghanistan and the support to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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