Wednesday July 12, 2017
By Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH – The four Arab states calling to fight terrorism emphasized on Tuesday that they will monitor Qatar’s seriousness in combating all forms of financing, supporting and harboring of terrorism.
In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain valued the efforts of the United States in combating terrorism and terror-funding.
However, they reaffirmed that signing of the memorandum of understanding between Doha and Washington is not enough.
They described the signing of the MoU as the result of the repeated pressures and demands over the past several years by the four countries and their partners over Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the statement.
The four countries reiterated that they will continue their current proceedings until the Qatari authorities are committed to full implementation of their just demands that will ensure countering terrorism and achieving stability and security in the region.
They affirmed that the measures they have taken will continue in the light of the diverse activities of the Qatari authorities in supporting and financing terrorism, harboring extremists, spreading hatred and extremism, and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
“These activities must be stopped fully and ultimately with the full implementation of our just and legitimate demands,” the statement stressed.
The four countries stated that the Qatari authorities have consistently reneged on agreements and commitments — the most recent of which was the Riyadh Agreement of 2013, which led to the recall of ambassadors and their return only after the Qatari authorities signed the Supplementary Agreement of 2014.
The Qatari authorities continued to intervene, incite, conspire and harbor terrorists, besides financing terrorist operations and disseminating hate speech and extremism.
No commitment from Qatar can be trusted in the light of its existing policies without putting in place regulations to ensure that Qatar is serious about returning to the right and normal track.
The statement also underscored their full and solid partnership with the United States as embodied in the American Islamic Summit, which has established a firm international position in confronting extremism and terrorism regardless of its source and origin.
Date Published: 11-07-2017