Washington : The US and Qatar have signed a deal to combat terror financing as the oil-rich Gulf nation faces sanctions from its neighbouring countries for allegedly supporting extremism.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travelled to the Middle East to try to resolve the stand-off between Qatar and other Persian Gulf nations, which have accused their oil-rich neighbour of supporting terrorism.

“We worked out an arrangement with the Qataris separate from the Qatar feud. And this is something we’re pretty proud of. That is the Qataris and the United States have signed a memo of understanding between the United States and Qatar on counter terrorism financing,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Wednesday.    –

Deal insufficient, say Arab states

Riyadh: An agreement between Qatar and the United States on combating terror funding is “insufficient”, the four Arab states that imposed sanctions on the emirate have said in a joint statement.

“This step is insufficient,” said the statement, adding that the four states would “carefully monitor the seriousness of Qatari authorities in combating all forms of financing, supporting and harbouring terrorism.”

The statement said commitments made by Qatari authorities “cannot be trusted,” citing previous agreements that have allegedly not been honoured.

It called for “strict monitoring controls to ensure its (Doha’s) seriousness in getting back to the natural and right path.”

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