Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim William Grant at the Opening Session, Designations Workshop

Sheikh Fahad, Major General Al-Ansari, distinguished members of the National Counterterrorism Committee and the National Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Committee, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen; it is an honor and pleasure to be with you this morning.

I want to recognize and thank our hosts, the National Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Committee, for convening this workshop, and I want to also thank Sheikh Fahad and General Al-Ansari for encouraging and supporting Qatar’s active work with the United States on this issue.

As you all know the United States and Qatar have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in July.  Qatar has done a great deal to implement this MOU.  During President Trump’s meeting with the Emir at the United Nations General Assembly, the President acknowledged Qatar’s “progress” in implementing the MOU.

This week’s technical expert exchange is another important step forward, and we will continue to support Qatar’s efforts to improve and enhance its counterterrorism efforts.

I am pleased to welcome colleagues from the U.S. Treasury Department, the Justice Department, and the State Department, all of whom will be establishing important relationships with Qatari ministries and offices.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of their experience and expertise today.

There is more progress on the horizon.  Next month Washington will be the site of the first U.S.-Qatar Counterterrorism Dialogue.  This dialogue aims to continue shaping our shared priorities and cooperative projects for the future.  And to General Al-Ansari, I want to share the message with you that Ambassador Sales, our new Counterterrorism Coordinator, looks forward to welcoming you and your team to the State Department for this Dialogue.

Combatting the global financing of terrorism is a long-term effort that takes cooperation, expertise, persistence, and effective government institutions.  The U.S. is committed to helping the State of Qatar achieve that.

The U.S. government remains committed to our enhanced partnership with the State of Qatar this year, next year, and beyond.