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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar must stop citizens from funding extremists: Hillary Clinton

Clinton also renewed her call for an assault weapons ban

AFP I PTI  |  Washington 

Hillary Clinton
File photo of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (Photo: AP/PTI)

hopeful on Monday issued a pointed warning to US allies in the Middle East, saying countries like must crack down on citizens supporting extremism.

Following the weekend massacre at a gay club in Orlando by a gunman, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee vowed to step up efforts to stop so-called lone wolf attacks, and said Americans should unite to defeat domestic

But she also called on other governments to reconsider policies that allow extremism to thrive, calling out three US allies which already have sensitive ties with Washington.

"It is long past time for the Saudis, the Qataris, and the Kuwaitis and to stop their citizens from funding extremist organisations," Clinton said in a national security speech in Cleveland, Ohio.

"And they should stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path toward extremism," she added.

In her half-hour speech, the former secretary of state said "American leadership" was crucial in resolving political conflicts that fuel Islamic State extremists, as well as waging the immediate battle against terror groups and messages, including online.

"The Orlando terrorist may be dead, but the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive and we must attack it with clear eyes, steady hands, unwavering determination and pride in our country and our values," she said.

"The threat is metastasising," she added.

Clinton also renewed her call for an assault weapons ban, saying, "weapons of war have no place on our streets." She mentioned in particular the AR-15, the type of semi-automatic rifle used in Orlando.

And she insisted that if federal authorities are tracking someone for suspected terror ties, that person "shouldn't be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked".

"If you're too dangerous to get on a plane," she added, "you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America."

It is interesting to see Hillary attack a nation whose crown prince claims to have funded 20 percent of her presidential campaign, according to a report from Petra News Agency which has now been deleted.

First Published: Tue, June 14 2016. 08:32 IST
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