Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has entered the United States into a secret agreement with the Islamic supremacist nation of Qatar, refusing to reveal its contents to the American people.
The State Department chief is attempting “shuttle diplomacy” in the Middle East this week in an attempt to resolve tensions between Doha and its Gulf neighbors, which unanimously accuse the rogue state of attempting to sow discord throughout the region.
Conservative Review has attempted to acquire a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Qatar. However, the State Department has rejected multiple requests to deliver the text of the agreement. Instead, a State spokesperson referred CR to Tuesday’s State Department briefing.
— U.S. Embassy Qatar (@USEmbassyQatar) July 11, 2017During the briefing, a reporter asked spokesperson Heather Nauert when the public will be getting “the details of what was in this memorandum.” In response, Nauert does not directly answer the question, telling reporters:
“Well, this is all fresh. It’s all new. The president had asked the secretary to go over there and personally handle this. So we’re just going to keep an eye on it, keep an eye on the situation. Because it’s still developing.”
“Together, the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information, and will do more to keep the region and our homeland safe,” Tillerson said upon signing the agreement.
Al Jazeera, a media outlet controlled and run by the state of Qatar, analyzed that the agreement will “make the U.S. and Qatar closer.”
The mechanisms for aligning the United States with terror-friendly Qatar remains a complete mystery. By withholding the text of the agreement, Tillerson has put the American people in the dark about a crucial aspect of America’s national security.
"Qatar and the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding between the two counties outlining future efforts Qatar can take to fortify its fight against terrorism and actively address terrorism funding issues," State Department official R.C. Hammond told reporters Tuesday.
But immediately following the “anti-terror” agreement, a defiant Qatar pledged to continue supporting the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas.
Qatar has frequently dedicated state resources toward efforts supporting — sometimes quite openly — prominent international terrorist organizations. Doha has long been accused of supporting al-Qaida, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, and even ISIS. According to the UAE government, some 43 al-Qaida operatives live openly and freely in Qatar.
Throughout the process, Tillerson has directed his efforts toward propping up the Qatari position. A list of 13 mandates needed for Qatar to normalize relations with its neighbors — which included cutting off terror financing and collusion with the Iranian regime and Muslim Brotherhood — was categorized by Tillerson’s State Department as unreasonable and dishonest.
Described by allies as “a man born with oil in his veins,” the former ExxonMobil CEO has become very cozy with energy-rich Qatar over the years. The secretary of state has a close relationship with the ruling emir – the two have met countless times over the past few years. Tillerson has, in the past, described the human-rights violating Qatar as a country of “visionary leadership” and “an example to the world.”
Sec. Tillerson’s position consistently contradicts that of President Trump, who often reminds allies that Qatar is a pariah state that cozies up to jihadis. The president has singled out Qatar on multiple occasions in past months, urging Doha to stop terrorist financing.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.
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