Britain supports UAE, urges Qatar to fight terrorism

May, Sheikh Mohammed say need to tackle extremist ideology on Internet
Britains Prime Minister Theresa May. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Wed 05 Jul 2017 10:15 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday supported the need for Qatar to work with its regional partners and combat terrorism.

Last month, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar for its support to extremism. The countries gave Doha an extra 48 hours to meet their demands after an initial 10-day deadline expired on Sunday.

In a telephone call to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday evening, May emphasised the need for all sides to maintain dialogue and find a resolution to maintain unity among Gulf countries.

In a statement issued by Downing Street, May welcomed the extension given to Qatar to respond to the concerns that were raised.

She maintained that the UK hopes to see engagement continue beyond the Qatari response and remains committed to supporting this process.

The two leaders also agreed that the threat of terrorism and violent extremism is one facing both the countries, as they reiterated the need to work together to keep their people safe, tackle terrorist financing and stop the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet.

British PM also thanked Sheikh Mohammed for the UAE’s messages of condolence and solidarity after the recent terrorist attacks in the UK, and the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

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Last Updated: Thu 06 Jul 2017 04:12 PM GST

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