US, Qatar hold 1st counterterrorism dialogue, eye further partnership

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/11/9 10:48:42

US State Department said Wednesday that US and Qatari officials met here earlier Wednesday for the first US-Qatari counterterrorism dialogue to facilitate bilateral coordination.

According to a State Department announcement, the two sides reviewed Qatar's positive progress in implementing the US-Qatar counterterrorism Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed in Doha on July 11 by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohamed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

The MOU laid out the two nations' mutual commitments to increasing information sharing, disrupting terrorism financing flows, and intensifying counterterrorism activities.

During the dialogue, both sides were also committed to expanding bilateral partnership in counterterrorism financing, regulation of the charitable sector and aviation security.

US Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales led the US delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury.

The 11-member Qatari delegation was led by Major General Abdul Aziz al-Ansari, chairman of Qatar's National Counter Terrorism Committee, and included Dr. Mutlaq al-Qahtani, special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Counterterrorism and Conflict Mediation, and other officials from the Ministry of Interior, the State Security Bureau, and the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance Committee.

Tillerson and US Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin visited Doha last month to promote bilateral anti-terrorism cooperation. Now the two countries have vowed to deepen their efforts in anti-terrorist operations.

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