Qatar hits back at claims it backs extremists

Qatar's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah attends an extraordinary session of the Arab League at the league's headquarters in Cairo July 14, 2014. (Reuters)

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said in a written statement distributed to journalists Saturday that efforts to stop the bloodshed must include cutting off the flow of funds to extremist groups.

He says Qatar does not support extremists including ISIS - an alternate name for the Islamic State - in any way, and is "repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions."

Germany's development minister last week said "the key word is Qatar" when discussing financing of the Islamic State in a television interview.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43