The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Egypt announced the designation of nine entities and nine individuals on the list of terrorist groups, all of which have direct and indirect ties with the Qatari authorities. This order is in conjunction with the four countries’ declaration to fight terrorism, cut off sources of terror funding, prosecute sympathizers and combat extremist ideologies and hate speech incubators.
As the country quartet has reinforced: Qatari authorities must make legal and practical actions to prosecute terrorist and extremist individuals and entities, especially those on this current list. To that end, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, along with international partners, will monitor the Qatari authorities’ commitment to stop harboring terrorists, supporting and financing terrorism, promoting extremist and hate speech, and financing extremists both inside and outside of Qatar.
Qatar: A History of Nefarious Behavior
Qatar’s history of behavior toward terrorism, including harboring known terrorists and funding extremist groups throughout the region, provoked Saudi Arabia and allies to take steps to cut off all diplomatic ties within the past few months.
“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 Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.
Saudi Arabia: Fighting Terror from the Roots on Up
In addition to recent moves by the Kingdom to address Qatar’s , Saudi Arabia has expanded its counterterrorism efforts at large. In May 2017, Saudi established the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology to combat the online spread of radical ideology. The nation additionally signed onto a memorandum with the U.S. Treasury Department to curb terror financing. These activities demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s undying commitment to not only eradicating terror within its domestic jurisdiction, but also throughout the region. These combined efforts were born under the growing sentiment that Saudi Arabia and the U.S. should expand their partnership in the fight against terrorism across the Middle East.
SOURCE: The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia