Posted on July 12, 2017

The US and Qatar announced Tuesday they have signed an agreement on fighting terrorism.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Qatari Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani made the announcement at a joint news conference in Doha. Tillerson said the agreement was built on decisions made at a Riyadh summit in May to "wipe terrorism from the face of the Earth". "As a result of President Trump's very strong call, these commitments for action, will begin immediately on a number of fronts." Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar was the first country in the region to sign a bilateral agreement with Washington on counter terror funding and called on the "siege" nations to follow suit and sign their own agreements with the US.

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Qatar Foreign Minister said the MoU has nothing to do with the current dispute. The memorandum of understanding was signed Tuesday during a visit to Qatar by Tillerson. He is in the Gulf on a mission aimed at ending a rift between Qatar and four Arab states. "Qatar and the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding between the two counties outlining future efforts Qatar can take to fortify its fight against terrorism and actively address terrorism funding issues," Senior Tillerson adviser R C Hammond said.

Tillerson has held talks with Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, after arriving in Kuwait on Monday. Sheikh Sabah has been acting as a mediator between Qatar and four states lined up against it: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

source: The Peninsula