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Qatari officials have denounced this week’s shooting in Las Vegas, saying they stand with the US in its efforts to “maintain security and stability.”

The attack killed at least 59 people and injured 500 others, and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Police said the gunman was Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old white Nevada resident who killed himself when officers stormed his hotel room.

Islamic State has claimed credit for the attack, but offered no evidence. American authorities say it appears Paddock acted alone.

Condolences

In a statement, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed condolences to the families of the victims, Gulf Times reports.

The Emir and several other senior officials also sent their sympathies to US President Donald Trump and those affected.

Qatar’s national carrier is expected to begin flying directly to Las Vegas next year.

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Solidarity with Barcelona

Officials in Qatar have strongly denounced a deadly attack in Spain yesterday that killed 13 people and injured more than 100 others.

The incident took place in Barcelona, when a van drove into a crowd full of pedestrians.

Barcelona is the latest city in Europe to experience a vehicle attack on pedestrians.

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According to CNN, more than 100 people have died in similar attacks in Berlin, London and Nice.

Spain’s Prime Minister called the attack an act of “jihadi terrorism” and police said five suspects have been killed in an ensuing raid.

Qatar condemnation

Responding to the crime, Qatar’s foreign ministry said the country rejects “violence and terrorism regardless of motives or reasons.”

In a statement, it added that it supports Spain in whatever actions it takes to maintain stability and security, and expressed sympathy to those affected by the tragedy.

The head of Qatar’s Government Communications Office also spoke out, saying the attack “goes against all human values.”

Qatari citizens were also instructed by their embassy in Spain to exercise caution and avoid crowded places.

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Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

 

Qatar will work with the US to establish a better way to combat terrorism financing, officials have announced.

The countries signed an agreement this week as Qatar continues to be embroiled in a dispute with its neighbors in part over allegations that it financially supports terrorist groups.

However, the boycotting nations have said the move is “not enough.”

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In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, they said they will continue to isolate Qatar until “authorities are committed to the implementation of the just and full demands that will ensure that terrorism is addressed and stability and security are established in the region.”

Meanwhile in Qatar, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said yesterday that the new deal has been in the works for weeks.

He added that it had “no direct or indirect connection to the Gulf crisis or the siege imposed on Qatar.”

That said, Al Thani signed the MoU with his counterpart US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday during the US official’s visit to Qatar.

Tillerson is in the region this week specifically to help mediate the ongoing Gulf dispute, which has left Qatar at odds with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

Few details

Officials did not go into specifics about what the MoU entails, but Tillerson said it outlines the steps each country will take to stop terrorism financing globally.

It also sets a timeline for its implementation.

According to AFP, the official expressed optimism about the Gulf dispute after meeting Qatar’s Emir:

“I’m hopeful we can make some progress to bring this to a point of resolution.

I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions and I think very reasonable and we want to talk now … how do we take things forward, and that’s my purpose in coming.”

However, mediator Kuwait expressed clear exasperation yesterday as the crisis continues into its second month.

According to Kuwait’s official news agency, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed “bitterness” and is “extremely concerned” over “unprecedented developments” regarding the dispute.

He will however continue to help with mediation efforts.

And Tillerson will meet with foreign ministers from the four boycotting countries in Saudi Arabia today.

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