February 25, 2015 / 9:34 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. Treasury presses Qatar on terror finance

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in Washington February 3, 2015.Jim Bourg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met with the emir of Qatar and emphasized the importance of fighting "terror financing," amid suspicions that money from one of the key U.S. Middle East allies had gone to violent extremists in the region.

"(Secretary Lew) ... emphasized the vital importance of combating the financing of terrorism," Treasury said in a statement. "(Lew) expressed his hope that in the coming months ... the two nations can continue to work together to take effective, lasting action to disrupt the activities of terrorist financiers."

The emir of Qatar had previously met with U.S. President Barack Obama and said he is committed to fighting Islamic State. Qatar is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group, which controls a wide swath of territory in Syria and Iraq.

Reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Chris Reese

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