QATAR DENIES ISIS FUNDING CHARGES
Germany's Development Aid Minister Gerd Mueller singled out Qatar in a televised interview, claiming it was “arming and financing ISIS troops”.
Qatar's Foreign Minister HE Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah denied the accusation through a statement which read: “Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way. We are repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions. The vision of extremist groups for the region is one that we have not, nor will ever, support in any way.” Michael Stephens, Deputy Director Royal United Services Institute in Qatar, weighed in on the German minister's statement on Twitter, saying: “I don't think that's strictly true, I have not observed a direct policy by Qatar to fund ISIS. However, that doesn't mean individuals who received funding from Qatar who fought for other groups then defected to ISIS don't exist. They do.”
The minister, while speaking about the history of the conflict involving Islamic State and who were arming and financing the troops, said the “keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” while not giving any evidence of the alleged links. Within 24 hours the German Foreign Ministry released a statement expressing “regret over the misunderstandings caused” by the minister's interview. A spokeswoman for Mueller's ministry chipped in, saying he had merely “referenced press reports” and had made “no concrete allegations”.