UAE to work with US to cut off 'terror' funding

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan (C), in the desert of Abu Dhabi on May 2, 2012The UAE and the United States agreed on Monday to cooperate to prevent “terrorist” groups from using the Gulf state’s finance sector, according to a statement from the US Treasury. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan agreed to cooperate more closely “to disrupt terrorist support networks” in talks in Abu Dhabi. The meeting comes as nine men stand trial in Abu Dhabi for allegedly forming “Al-Qaeda cell” accused of supporting Al-Nusra Front, the jihadist network’s Syrian affiliate. Sheikh Mohammed and Lew “underscored the importance of Iraqi leaders unifying the country and close cooperation throughout the region to confront terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” the statement said.

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