USA-Qatar Agreement on Combating Terrorism Funding

IAS Prelims 2023

United States and Qatar have signed an agreement to combat “terrorism financing”. Qatar has become the first country to sign a such type agreement with US in Gulf region.

According to agreement, together the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information, and will do more to keep the region and their homelands safe.

In early June, seven countries cut ties with Qatar, saying the country was supporting terrorist groups. Qatar denies that.

Four of those countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates — sent Qatar a list of demands it must meet to end the de facto blockade. Those demands include severing ties to terrorist organizations and ending any funding for those considered terrorists by surrounding countries.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates accuse Doha of funding terrorism which Qatar denies. The four countries cut ties with Qatar and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the country. They said that the agreement between Qatar and the United States on combating terror funding is “insufficient”.