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Press Statement
U.S. Department of State
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 23, 2003

Redesignation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations

The Secretary of State has redesignated two groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under U.S. law effective today: Jaish e-Mohammed and Lashkar e-Tayyiba. The initial designations of these groups in 2001 are due to expire on December 26, 2003. By redesignating Jaish e-Mohammed and Lashkar e-Tayyiba as Foreign Terrorist Organizations and publishing that decision today in the Federal Register, we preserve the U.S. Governmentís ability to take action against them in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended. This act makes it illegal for persons in the United States or subject to U.S. jurisdiction to provide material support to these terrorist groups. It requires U.S. financial institutions to block assets held by them; and it enables us to deny visas to representatives of these groups. The Secretary made this decision in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury after a thorough review of these groupsí terrorist activities over the past two years. In addition, in consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary has amended the designations of Jaish e-Mohammed and Lashkar e-Tayyiba under Executive Order 13224 to add new aliases currently in use by these terrorist organizations.

With these redesignations, the number of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations remains at 36. As we carry on the global campaign against terrorism, we hope this list will help to isolate these terrorist organizations, to choke off their sources of financial support, and to prevent their membersí movement across international borders.

2003/1289
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Released on December 23, 2003


Source: State Department