US national security adviser HR McMaster accused Turkey and Qatar of funding extremist ideologies during a panel held at a think tank in Washington on December 12, 2017.
McMaster condemned Qatar and Turkey for taking on a “new role” as the prime sponsors and sources of funding for extremist Islamist ideology that targets Western interests, according to The National.
“Radical Islamist ideology is obviously a grave threat to all civilized people,” McMaster said.
He added that this threat has been identified “myopically... and we didn’t pay enough attention how it’s is being advanced through charities, Madrassas and other social organizations.”
In addition, McMaster talked up the threat the US perceives from political Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood. He presented both Qatar and Turkey as major supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, and suggested this was the reason Turkey’s ties with the West have worsened in recent years.
In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry described McMaster’s accusations as “baseless and unacceptable claims.”
US National Security Advisor: Qatar main sponsor of extremist ideologies