Arab States Issue List of Demands to End Crisis With Qatar

The list was handed to the Qatari government by Kuwait, which is mediating the dispute between the nations. He added the Arab nations opposing Qatar didn't send a demand to shut down the base to Turkey directly.

Reuters confirmed Turkish reports that five armoured vehicles and 23 military personnel arrived in Doha yesterday in a deployment Turkey's armed forces said was part of a military training and cooperation deal. And it has vowed to reject any demands as long as its neighbors maintain their sanctions.

The list of demands also calls for Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera news operation and its affiliate networks and to stop funding entities designated as terrorist groups by the US government.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt imposed a blockade on Doha late last month, closing their airspace and territorial waters to Qatari planes and ships.

Saudi Arabia has itself been accused of supporting extremist organisations, but it fiercely opposes interests like the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, which enjoy support from Qatar.

The demand to close the Doha-based Al Jazeera TV channel made by Gulf Arab states is a crime violating freedom of speech, the channel's director Yaser Abuhilala told Sputnik on Friday.

UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash on Thursday listed a few of the Gulf allies' grievances in an interview with Saudi-owned AlHayat newspaper.

Tillerson said on Wednesday that Washington had been pushing for a clear list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable".

Egypt and the boycotting countries gave Qatar 10 days to comply.

"Qatar may not fully comply with the list, but it has to take these demands into consideration and finally make a move toward reviewing its foreign policy and the editorial line of the main media outlet, Al-Jazeera", Nader said.

"The four states can afford to wait, but Qatar cannot", said Fawaz Gerges, a Middle East expert at the London School of Economics.

The list seen by Associated Press asks Qatar to shut down its powerful news network al Jazeera, which has been suspended in the four besieging countries.

The Maldives and Libya later joined the countries that have isolated Qatar.

Qatar must also formally declare all of these as "terrorist groups".

The Qataris have vehemently denied the allegations; however, they once admitted to providing certain organizations - namely Palestine's Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas - refuge for the sake of promoting dialogue and soothing tensions.

End interference in sovereign countries' internal affairs.

All means of funding to groups designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and the United States, among other countries, must be cut off.

The Emirati minister referenced a move towards firmness in the worldwide approach to terrorism, saying that fighting extremism has become a priority for the United States.

Later in June, several African countries cut relations with Qatar and others downgraded ties.

Back in 2014, Turkey and Qatar signed an agreement, which allowed the construction of a Turkish base in Qatar. The 13-point list calls for Al-Jazeera and all its affiliates to be shut down. "It is a mouthpiece for extremism". But Qatari officials didn't budge from their previous insistence that they won't sit down with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations to negotiate an end to the crisis while under siege.

  • Rogelio Becker