Saifuddin to meet US officials on countering terrorist financing


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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is prepared to engage with the United States following reports of an uptick in money moving to Iran and its proxies, including Hamas, through the Malaysian financial system, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

The Home Minister said he will be meeting the US Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Brian Nelson tomorrow to listen to matters the latter wanted to raise.

“I will give my explanation and the official position of the Malaysian government on the matters,” he said on the sidelines of the Defence Services Asia (DSA) and National Security (NatSec) Asia 2024 yesterday.

US Ambassador to Malaysia Edgard D. Kagan said on Monday that the visit by US Treasury Department officials will be in the spirit of partnership to discuss common threats.

Kagan said Nelson and his team will be here to conduct ongoing discussions with key partners on the importance of a unified global response to critical threats.

According to a press release issued by the US Treasury Department, Nelson and US Treasury general counsel Neil MacBride will travel to Singapore and Malaysia to advance its work countering terrorist financing and revenue generation by Iran and its proxies.

They are also to discuss the implementation of sanctions and export controls against Russia.

In Malaysia, they will discuss US efforts to disrupt terrorist financing, including through fundraising for fraudulent charities and illicit oil sales, while ensuring that US sanctions and other financial measures do not impede the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza, added the statement.

They will also meet with the financial sector to discuss compliance and enforcement efforts, according to the statement.

According to a Reuters report, a source said that Nelson, the US Treasury’s top sanctions official, will travel to Singapore and Malaysia as Washington seeks to combat funding for Iran and its proxy groups as well as evasion of its sanctions on Russia.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there had been an uptick in money moving to Iran and its proxies, including Hamas, through the Malaysian financial system.

Washington has recently imposed further sanctions targeting Iran, including over Iranian drones used by Russia in the war in Ukraine, as the United States has sought to ratchet up pressure on Teheran after it attacked Israel.

The US Treasury has imposed significant sanctions on Iran and its proxies, such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis, aimed to sever the financial flows that fuel instability in the Middle East.

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