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Men stand near an artwork depicting Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani after it was unveiled by Qatar Airways in Doha, Qatar, July 13, 2017. Reuters

Dammam, Brussels- Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued on Thursday a decree amending some provisions of a law on combating terrorism, two weeks after Doha signed an accord with Washington on curbing terror financing.

The decree, which was issued on Thursday, replaces a 2004 anti-terrorism law and includes definitions for the terms terrorist, crime, terrorist acts, terrorist entities, the freezing of funds and the financing of terrorism.

In a related matter, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stressed that the Saudi kingdom’s stance from Doha is the result of Qatar’s backing and financing of terrorism and extremism.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels with his Belgian counterpart, Jubeir said: “Our demands from Qatar fall within the frame of international policies in the global fight against terrorism.”

“Our policy is zero tolerance for terrorism and its sources of funding,” he added.

Jubeir explained that Saudi Vision 2030 carries a strategic plan for the future of the kingdom.

He pointed out that Saudi Arabia hosted the conference against terrorism with the participation of 50 countries.

“We have strong relations with other countries and we cooperate with global intelligence against terrorism,” he said.

“Qatar allows its media to spread hatred and incitement,” Jubeir declared, but hoped that Doha would respond and meet the demands to stop supporting terrorism.

Regarding Yemen, the Saudi foreign minister said “we are always working to increase the aid allocated to Yemen,” adding “we expressed support for the efforts of UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.”

On Iran, Jubair said that Tehran “continues its attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of neighboring countries.”