Qatar has been accused of supporting terrorism by the U.S. and some of its Arab neighbors. As reported earlier by the Goldwater, Saudi Arabia gave Qatar a 24 hour-ultimatum to meet 10 conditions that were conveyed to Kuwait. The ultimatum sought to warn Qatar to end all its ties with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood.
In a move aimed at disproving the allegations laid by President Trump, the government of Qatar has hired John Ashcroft who was the U.S. attorney general during the Sept. 11 attacks.
Ashcroft Law Firm will receive $2.5 million from Qatar for a 90-day period as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including U.S. Treasury rules.
Michael Sullivan, who is a partner with Ashcroft firm, included a letter in the Foreign Agents filling that was made to the Justice Department on Friday. The letter revealed that the firm will have the responsibility for crisis response and management, program and system analysis, media outreach, education and advocacy regarding the client's historical, current and future efforts to combat global terror and its compliance goals and accomplishments.
The Arab countries that have isolated Qatar include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt. They all accused it of supporting Islamist militants and their adversary Iran.
The situation has posed a major challenge to the United States, which is a close ally of countries on both sides but has given mixed signals on whether to isolate Qatar or bring it into talks with other Gulf countries.
President Trump made a statement on Friday pointing out that Qatar is a high-level sponsor of terrorism in remarks made shortly after his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, pushed Qatar's Arab neighbors to immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation.
Sullivan revealed in an email that the Ashcroft firm was hired to do a compliance and regulatory view of Qatar's anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing framework.
He also said that Qatar is confident that the review and analysis will confirm that it has significant measures in place to prevent and detect efforts to launder funds and/or to use its financial systems to finance terrorist organizations.