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Press Availability With Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

Press Availability With Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani


SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you very much,
Your Excellency. And thank you for welcoming us to Doha today. And we also appreciated the time His Highness
The Emir afforded us for a very good discussion upon our arrival as well. I am here in Qatar today carrying with me
the same spirit which President Trump traveled in Riyadh with in May. The United States has one goal:
drive terrorism off the face of the Earth. The President said, and I quote, “Every country
in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary
on their soil.” The agreement in which we both have signed
on behalf of our governments represents weeks of intensive
discussions between experts and reinvigorates the spirit
of the Riyadh summit. The memorandum lays out a series of steps
the two countries will take over the coming months and years to interrupt
and disable terror financing flows and intensify counterterrorism activities globally. The agreement includes milestones to ensure both
countries are accountable to their commitments. 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. I applaud the leadership of His Highness The
Emir of Qatar for being the first to respond to President Trump’s challenge at the Riyadh
summit to stop the funding of terrorism. And again, I want to thank His Excellency
and His Highness The Emir for the time they have given us today. Thank you.

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