On Wednesday, the U.S. and Qatar held their second U.S.-Qatar Dialogue of Counterterrorism in Doha. The dialogue comprised five sessions, overviewing bilateral cooperation in counterterrorism and counterterrorism finance since the July 2017 Counterterrorism Memorandum of Understanding. Both parties agreed on future steps to cooperate in counterterrorism, including sharing experience and expertise to help Qatar prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Qatari delegation was led by Major General Abdul Aziz Al Ansari, Chairman of the National Counter Terrorism Committee, with His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Mutlaq al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs for Counterterrorism and Conflict Mediation, representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The U.S. delegation was led by the State Department’s’ Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Alina L. Romanowski.
On Tuesday, William Grant, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Qatar, announced a new annex to the U.S.’s Memorandum of Cooperation with the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). CAA Chairman Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey signed the agreement on aviation information sharing with Chargé d’Affaires Grant present. The update to the agreement will facilitate further information and experience sharing between the U.S. and Qatar in civil aviation, thereby improving travelers’ safety.
Qatar and the U.S. are key strategic allies in counterterrorism, and Qatar hosts the U.S.-led counter-ISIS coalition’s operations at Al Udeid Air Base. Qatar also cooperates with multilateral organizations like the Financial Action Task Force in developing a series of domestic laws and enforcement mechanisms to disrupt and combat illicit financing and money laundering.
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