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Fact Sheet – Qatars History of Funding Terrorism and Extremism

Saudi Foreign Minister: Demands on Qatar to Stop Funding Terrorism are Non-Negotiable

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir called on Qatar to end its support for terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.

“This idea that you can fund extremist groups, that you can pay ransom to terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, that you can send $300 million to the Shi’ite militias in Iraq with most of it ending up with the Quds Force in Iran, is not acceptable,” he said in a press briefing at the Saudi Embassy in Washington on 27 June. “I think most countries in the world would agree with the demand to stop this.”

“We hope that reason will prevail and that our brothers in Qatar will do the right thing and respond to the demands of the international community to cease these activities. Because we think we can’t be on both sides of this issue. You cannot fight against ISIS, you cannot commit to participate in the global center against extremism, you cannot commit to participate in a financial center to combat terror financing and at the same time allow these things to go on,” he said.

Minister Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia has expressed its grievances and it is now up to Qatar to make amends, and he said Saudi Arabia’s demands are non-negotiable. Specifically, Saudi Arabia has demanded that Qatar end its practice of harboring known terrorists, prohibit funding from within its borders to Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS), and shut down its news network, Al-Jazeera, which has been inciting violence throughout the region.

“It’s very simple. We made our point. We took our steps. And it’s up to [Qatar] to amend [its] behavior. And once they do, then things will be worked out. But if they don’t, they will remain isolated,” said Minister Al-Jubeir. “If Qatar wants to come back into the GCC pool, they know what they have to do.”

The Foreign Minister reiterated that the decision to cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar was made after taking into account the history of its behavior, including harboring known terrorists and funding extremist groups throughout the region.

“It was an issue that has been building up, and then a decision was made that enough is enough. Zero tolerance,” he said.

L’Arabie Sauoudite et Le Conflit Au Yémen 

Le Yémen connaît un climat d’agitation politique et d’anarchie depuis des dizaines d’années. Ces dernières années, le soutien voilé de l’Iran à une faction yéménite a exacerbé les divisions existantes et déclenché une crise politique et économique menant à l’expulsion violente du président Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi en 2015. Alors que le Yémen s’est retrouvé au bord de la guerre civile, une coalition internationale dirigée par l’Arabie saoudite et soutenue par les États-Unis est intervenue. Ses objectifs ont été de protéger la population civile des attaques des milices houthistes soutenues par les Iraniens, de rétablir le gouvernement légitime et d’empêcher le Yémen de devenir un refuge pour Al- Qaïda et une base pour l’aventurisme iranien et la subversion dans la région.

  • June 22, 2017


L’Arabie Sa0udite et la Lutte Antiterroriste

La lutte contre le terrorisme exige des politiques appropriées, des efforts gouvernementaux concertés ainsi qu’une coopération internationale. En étroite collaboration avec ses alliés, l’Arabie saoudite traque les extrémistes, coupe les vivres des organisations terroristes et cherche à déconstruire l’idéologie djihadiste sur laquelle ces organisations prospèrent.


  • June 21, 2017

The United Nations envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, reporting to the Security Council, urgently stressed the need for a peace agreement to end the conflict in Yemen. He indicated that Houthis refused to even discuss a proposed agreement on the port city of Hodeidah, controlled by the Iranian-backed militia. An agreement would have helped in preventing a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Hodeidah

He said that his proposal — covering security, economic and humanitarian elements — would allow commercial and humanitarian supplies into Al Hodeidah while halting the diversion of customs revenues and taxes that could be spent on salaries and services.

Regrettably, he said, the delegation of the Houthis and the General People’s Congress (Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party) —in Sana’a, had refused to discuss such an agreement.