One of the main findings of the Country Reports on Terrorism was that the Saudi-led siege had a negative impact on regional counterterrorism co-operation.
Qatar has welcomed the United States’ appreciation for its contributions to the global fight against terror in a revealing new intelligence report.
In the 2017 “Country Reports on Terrorism” prepared by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, the significant cooperation between Qatar and the United States of America in the fields of combating terrorism and disrupting terrorism financing flows was highlighted.
“Qatar is an active participant in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, is active in all Defeat-ISIS Coalition working groups and has provided significant support in facilitating US military operations in the region. Qatar hosts approximately 10,000 US servicemen and women on two military installations critical to coalition efforts. Security services capable of monitoring and disrupting terrorist activities have maintained the status quo,” the report said.
H.E. the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lolwah Alkhater said the report itself has acknowledged Qatar’s contributions on a multilateral level to end terrorism in the region and worldwide.
“I would also like to emphasise Qatar’s holistic approach which aims at treating the socio-economic and political roots of violent extremism by spreading hope, awareness and through promoting more inclusive policies,” she said.
The fight against terrorism
One of the main findings of the report was that the Saudi-led siege had a negative impact on regional co-operation in the fight against terrorism.
“An unexpected break in ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in June (2017) had a negative impact on regional counterterrorism co-operation,” the report said.
The foreign ministry spokesperson said Qatar agreed with the observation. “The unexpected blockade has made it impossible to initiate dialogue on basic issues of mutual importance, let alone counterterrorism and security concerns,” she said.
The spokeswoman added that Qatar is actively working to resolve the problem of terrorists exploiting the informal financial system and is constantly revising its regulations to ensure they are in line with international standards.
“However, this problem isn’t exclusive to the Gulf, as terrorists have been trying to find loopholes in the international financial system to fund their operations. For example, some private citizens in several European countries used welfare benefits they received from their respective governments to fund ISIS operations. The difference here is that the world is cooperating to resolve the issue of terror financing, while our neighbours don’t see the value of dialogue and cooperation, even though what unites us is far greater from what divides us,” she added.
The report also highlighted that global terror attacks fell by 23% and deaths due to terrorism dropped by 27% in 2017, compared to 2016.