The US embassy’s deputy chief of mission Phillip Nelson has praised Qatar's role in the fight against terrorism and money laundering, while stressing that Qatar is an important partner of the US in this field.
He was speaking to official Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the sidelines of a training course launched by the Institute of Criminal Studies under the title 'the guide on the investigation of money laundering, financing of terrorism and sources of assets' in co-operation with the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Nelson explained that the US and Qatar are co-operating in the fight against the financing of terrorism and money laundering in various aspects, especially technical ones, in order to enable investigators and prosecutors to promote joint co-operation and try to get rid of pressing issues in this regard. “We have one model and approach to work on this level,” he said.
The deputy chief of mission expressed hope that Qatar and the US will deepen co-operation on issues related to the elimination of terrorism and money laundering. He pointed out that the delegations participating in the training course by US Department of Justice and FBI, reflect the broad relations between Qatar and the US.
In a speech at the opening of the session, Nelson hailed the participation of the FBI and Department of Justice staff at the US embassy in the first session of the newly established Institute of Criminal Studies. He pointed out that the co-operation between the two sides reflects the close relations between Qatar and the US in the field of security, law enforcement and judiciary.
He pointed out that the topics discussed at the session, notably combating money laundering, monitoring and prosecuting the financing of terrorism, and the confiscation of the assets of criminals, are very important topics for Qatar and the US.
“Fruitful efforts exerted by the two sides in this regard will help in the exchange of expertise, co-ordination of efforts and capacity building in order to deal effectively with the issues of money laundering and terrorism.
“The course organised by the Institute of Criminal Studies comes at a time when the efforts of Qatar are intensified to strengthen all aspects of the combat system against money laundering and terrorist financing, which is a government commitment that requires all bodies, especially those represented here today, to adopt international standards, apply better practices, and joint action groups.
“There is a need to intensify the joint work between Qatar and the US to exchange ideas and best practices to develop anti-terrorism and money laundering systems and to maintain close relations in the fields of judicial work and law enforcement,” he said.
Nelson hoped that the current session would produce new ways of investigating people involved in terrorist activities.
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