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US, Qatar sign deal to combat 'terrorism financing'

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 11/07/2017
The agreement was signed in Doha on Tuesday [Al Jazeera] © Provided by Al Jazeera The agreement was signed in Doha on Tuesday [Al Jazeera]

Qatar and the United States have signed an agreement to help combat "terrorism financing" around the world.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made the announcement on Tuesday during a joint press conference in the Qatari capital.

Tillerson is in Doha pushing for dialogue to resolve the dispute between Qatar and its neighbours.

"Today, Qatar is the first country to sign a memorandum of agreement with the US, and we call on the countries imposing the siege against Qatar to join us as signatories to this MOU," Sheikh Mohammed said.

He added that the signing was "not related to the recent crisis and the blockade imposed against Qatar".

Tillerson praised Qatar for signing the deal, and for committing to the effort "to track down and disable terror financing". 

"The US has one goal: To drive terrorism off the face of the Earth," Tillerson said.

"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 our homeland safe."     

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates accuse Doha of funding what they call terrorism - something Qatar denies.

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