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Qatar an ‘important ally,’ UK defence sec claims amid terror backing allegation

Qatar an ‘important ally,' UK defence sec claims amid terror backing allegation

Michael Fallon the British Defence Secretary, has praised Qatar as one of the UK’s “most important allies” during a meeting with his Qatari counterpart on Monday, amid allegations that the Gulf state supports terrorism.

Fallon met with the Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah, to discuss areas for military cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

After the meeting, Fallon praised the Gulf state for being among the UK’s “most important allies.”

In a press release, the British Foreign Office said the meeting comes as the UK seeks to build “close political and military ties between the two nations.”

The high-level meeting in London follows public accusations by the Egyptian government that Qatar supports IS.

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