Doha, July 12: With an aim to bring halt in Gulf crisis, Qatar finally agreed to take stringent action to stop funding of terrorism, a demand which is being made by the four boycotting Arab nations. Notably, the United States and isolated Qatar on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the steps to be taken by Doha to stop funding of terrorism.
The MoU was signed during the day-long visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is touring the Gulf nations in a bid to find a solution to the diplomatic row involving Qatar. Rex Tillerson also praised Qatar after it became the first regional power to sign a new MoU with Washington on tracking the flow of terrorist financing.
However, other Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt has refused to lift the diplomatic ban on Qatar as it appeared not to have been enough to satisfy them. The UAE foreign minister, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter: “A temporary solution is not a wise one”.
Egypt also backed its stance on Doha, arguing that Qatar should be expelled from the alliance of states combatting Islamic State. “It is unacceptable for the coalition to have amongst its members states that support terrorism or advocate for it in their media,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, at a meeting of the coalition in Washington.
Meanwhile, tensions have erupted more over a leaked secret document on CNN involving the regional Arab powers. The secret agreement signed in 2013-14 also known as the Riyadh Agreement allegedly is a confidential agreement between Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States signed by the respective Head of States in which all parties had agreed to stop terror funding and avoid interference in each other’s internal affairs.
According to Saudi, UAE and Bahrain, the leaked documents only suggest that Qatar has not complied with the letter and spirit of the agreement. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to further discuss the ongoing efforts to resolve the month-long Gulf crisis.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Maldives, Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5 accusing of spreading terrorism in other countries. Later, Saudi and its allies issued a 13-point list of demands to end the rift on June 22 and gave Qatar 10 days to comply which is not yet fulfilled by Doha.