Middle East

Qatar hits back at claims it backs ISIS

Iraqi security personnel stand guard at the site of car bomb explosion that wounded three in the center of Irbil on August 23, 2014. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

DUBAI: Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah said in a written statement distributed to journalists Saturday that efforts to stop the bloodshed must include cutting off the flow of funds to extremist groups.

He says Qatar does not support extremists including ISIS in any way, and is "repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions."

Germany's development minister last week said "the key word is Qatar" when discussing financing of ISIS in a television interview.





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