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Saudi establishes American-Gulf center for combating terror funding

US President Donald Trump prepares for a family photo with Saudi Arabia's King heads of state at the GCC summit in Riyadh in May. (File- Bandar Algaloud)

Saudi Arabia announced establishing an anti-terror center in Riyadh based on a joint effort with the United States. The center is part of the May signed agreement with US President Donald Trump.

Abdulaziz Hamad Aluwaisheq, GCC assistant secretary general for political affairs and negotiations, said that the American-Gulf agreement on combatting the funding of terrorism will need to undergo a number of legal proceedings in each of the GCC countries.

The official stressed that the GCC secretariat is highly concerned with implementing all items of the agreement.

It is anticipated that meetings between GCC officials and experts on countering terror financing will be held in the upcoming days.

Meetings will tackle the US-Gulf agreement signed at the Gulf-American summit held in Riyadh recently.

The third summit held last May was aimed at limiting funds reaching terror organizations and members.

Aluwaisheq believes that since the Gulf-US on curbing and fighting the funding of terrorism must go through legal procedures in every country, this means that the time is still early to activate all agreement stipulations with 100 percent efficiency.

The GCC continues to implement all the agreements agreed upon in this file until all the ratifications of the six states is completed.

In his remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Aluwaisheq stated that Saudi Arabia has already started the process of establishing the Counter Terrorism Financing Center, pointing out that the GCC Secretariat is seeking to arrange meetings with the founders of the Center to consider completing the remaining requirements of this cooperation.

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Last Update: Sunday, 20 August 2017 KSA 17:38 - GMT 14:38
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