US envoy: Priority to stop Qatar’s funding of terror

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley testifies to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Advancing US Interests at the United Nations” in Washington. (REUTERS)
Updated 29 June 2017

US envoy: Priority to stop Qatar’s funding of terror

JEDDAH: President Donald Trump’s priority in the Qatar crisis is to stop Doha’s funding of terrorist groups, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Wednesday.
During a hearing at the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Haley was asked about Trump’s praise of the Gulf blockade.
“Qatar has been funding ... We know they have done a lot with Hamas as we are dealing with Gaza and some other areas,” Haley said. “The president really does want to push out ISIS (Daesh), push out terrorism.”
Trump’s point in making Saudi Arabia his first foreign visit as president “was to say we’ve got to get rid of all these threats that we have,” she said.
When the Qatar crisis emerged, Doha’s funding of terrorism was Trump’s first thought, she added.
“Yes we have an air base there. Yes there are some ties, but he (Trump) sees the priority… is getting rid of ISIS and getting rid of terrorism,” said Haley.

Asked whether the Muslim Brotherhood is part of the solution or part of the problem in the Middle East, she said: “That is not something that has been discussed within the (US) administration. I’m not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, so I do think they are more problematic in the area than helpful.”
Meanwhile, Congressman Ron Desantis said there is a foundational ideological view that is motivating terrorism.
“The Brotherhood, I think, represents the foundation, and if we can deal with that, we can deal with the problem of radical Islamic terrorism much more holistically and likely to be more effective,” he said.


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DUBAI: Coronavirus has been widely spreading in the Middle East during the past week with Iran recording the highest number of infections and deaths in the region.

Countries in the Middle East are currently taking extraordinary steps to prevent the growing coronavirus outbreak.

00:51 – Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has started an evacuation plan for Bahraini nationals in Iran including screening and quarantine procedures. The Ministry called on all Bahrainis to register their details by calling: +97317227555

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