Kuwait urges in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion to fight ter­ror

Jar­al­lah: State needs to do more against IS fund­ing

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KUWAIT: Kuwait yes­ter­day stressed the im­por­tance of join­ing in­ter­na­tional forces in the fight against ter­ror­ist groups that pose a threat to the world’s peace and se­cu­rity. The re­mark was made by Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah in his state­ment to the open­ing of a meet­ing of a panel on pre­vent­ing the fund­ing of the so-called Is­lamic State (IS), un­der the um­brella of the global coali­tion against IS.

No sin­gle state, no mat­ter how big and strong it may be, can face the dan­ger of ter­ror­ism on its own, Jar­al­lah said dur­ing the meet­ing of the Counter-ISIL Fi­nance Group (CIFG). He also stressed the sig­nif­i­cance of col­lec­tive ac­tion to counter the phe­nom­e­non. He re­ferred to ef­forts by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to fight all forms of ter­ror­ism, which un­der­mines the world’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, point­ing to the res­o­lu­tions is­sued by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force (FATF) re­it­er­at­ing coun­tries’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­vent fi­nanc­ing ter­ror­ism.

Jar­al­lah af­firmed Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to FATF’s rec­om­men­da­tions on fight­ing ter­ror­ism, es­pe­cially through leg­is­la­tions and other mea­sures that guar­an­tee trans­parency of in­for­ma­tion on do­na­tions to char­ity works over­seas. The meet­ing comes amid the bat­tle to lib­er­ate Iraq’s Mo­sul from IS, said Jar­al­lah, ad­ding that Kuwait is pro­vid­ing full sup­port to Iraq in this fierce con­fronta­tion. Kuwait has pre­vi­ously hosted a se­ries of coali­tion meet­ings aim­ing to pre­vent fund­ing for the group. Last April, the coun­try hosted a meet­ing for the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion group.

“We still have a lot to do, though we are sat­is­fied with what we have done so far,” Jar­al­lah later told re­porters. “We are ready to co­op­er­ate with our broth­ers and friends,” he said, re­spond­ing to US crit­i­cism of

Kuwait and Qatar over their steps to cut the fi­nanc­ing of mil­i­tants. Formed early last year, CIFG is led by the United States, Italy and Saudi Ara­bia and is made up of over 35 coun­tries and four in­ter­na­tional bod­ies. Jar­al­lah said Kuwait “has come a long way in in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion that con­trols the col­lec­tion of (char­ity) do­na­tions”, a sus­pected chan­nel of fund­ing ex­trem­ists.

The CIFG takes a global ap­proach to un­der­min­ing the flow of funds to the ji­hadist group, ac­cord­ing to Adam Szu­bin, US Trea­sury’s act­ing Un­der Sec­re­tary on Coun­ter­ing the Fi­nanc­ing of Ter­ror­ism. Szu­bin said last week that the meet­ing in Kuwait City aims “to share in­for­ma­tion and con­tinue de­vel­op­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing coun­ter­mea­sures against ISIL’s (IS) fi­nan­cial ac­tiv­ity world­wide”. He said the Trea­sury was work­ing closely with Kuwait and Qatar in par­tic­u­lar to strengthen the tech­ni­cal side of the fight against ter­ror­ism fi­nance, but “there is room for im­prove­ment”.

Szu­bin said the ef­fort to choke off fund­ing was show­ing some suc­cess. IS fight­ers had been aban­don­ing the fight “as their pay and ben­e­fits have been cut and de­layed, in what ISIL mem­bers in Mo­sul are call­ing a ‘re­ces­sion’”, he said, re­fer­ring to Iraq’s bat­tle to re­cap­ture the city from mil­i­tants. — Agen­cies

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: US As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for Ter­ror­ism Fi­nanc­ing Daniel Glaser (left) and Kuwait’s For­eign Min­istry Un­der­sec­re­tary Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah at­tend the meet­ing of the Counter-ISIL Fi­nance Group (CIFG) yes­ter­day.

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