The United States and Qatar maintained a strong partnership in the fight against terrorism in 2016, and collaborated to foster closer regional and international cooperation, on counter terrorism, law enforcement, and rule of law activities, the US State Department Report on Terrorism 2016, said.

US agencies had an active and fairly productive dialogue with their Qatari counterparts and worked closely for the exchange and evaluation of terrorist-related information, it added.

Qatar is a full partner and active participant in the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh and had provided significant support in facilitating US military operations in the region.

On legislation, law enforcement, and border security, the Qatari government has in place Cybercrime Prevention Law, enacted in 2014, to criminalise terrorism-linked cyber offences.

The law also prohibits creating, directing or using lawful entities, associations, or organisations, to commit terrorist activities.

Qatar supported the Saudi Arabia-led Islamic Alliance, to Combat Terrorism by agreeing to participate in regional training exercises with alliance members, the report said, adding that, the Qatari government has in place legislation enacted in 2004, 2010, and 2014, to address terrorism, terrorist financing, and related offences, which complements other criminal laws.

Qatar also continued to participate in and host multilateral Global Counter-terrorism Forum (GCTF) events.

Also in 2016, Qatar funded efforts by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to help address violent extremism and radicalisation to violence among youth and vulnerable populations.

The report praised Qatar Airways’ engagement in information-sharing with foreign governments, including collection and dissemination of advance passenger information and passenger name records, on commercial flights, and has agreed to enhance information-sharing arrangements, with the United States

Source: NAM News Network