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Qatar denies funding Islamic State group, calls for collective action in Iraq and Syria

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said in a written statement distributed to journalists Saturday that efforts to stop the bloodshed must include cutting off the flow of funds to extremist groups.

He says Qatar does not support extremists including ISIS — an alternate name for the Islamic State — in any way, and is "repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions."

Germany's development minister last week said "the key word is Qatar" when discussing financing of the Islamic State in a television interview.