Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Henrietta Brewer
June 23, 2017

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.

The Doha-based network is committed to continuing broadcasts and stands firm in providing "our usual comprehensive and impartial coverage of events around the world", Giles Trendle told The Associated Press.

The crisis is the greatest faced by the Gulf region in decades Turkish exports to the Gulf state have tripled from their normal levels to $32.5m in that period, Turkish Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said on Thursday.

Under Qatari law, foreigners working in the country must secure their employer's consent to receive an exit permit allowing them to leave. Correspondents say there has been frustration in Washington, which is seeking to resolve the dispute, over the time taken by the Saudis and others to formalise their demands.

News agencies said Friday they had obtained a copy of the 13-point list from one of the countries involved in the row. It is not known to have a presence in Qatar. "Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf's security", he said.

The source added that the anti-Qatar alliance had thought that Turkey was not going to strongly back Qatar in the crisis out of fears of angering Riyadh, which has also been an ally of the Turkish government. The countries also gave Qatar only ten days to fulfill their demands, including payment of an unspecified sum in compensation.

Qatari officials in Doha did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP.

Qatar's foreign minister on June 19 said his country wouldn't bargain away what it sees as its sovereign rights and called on the Saudi alliance to conduct negotiations in a "civilized way", after first lifting the blockade.

Interference: Stop interfering other countries' domestic affairs.

Qatar reportedly has 10 days to meet the list of conditions.

Refuse to naturalize the citizens of the Arab States and expel those who are in Qatar now, so that Qatar "no longer interferes in the internal affairs of the states".

On June 5, Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a severing of all links with Qatar for allegedly supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilize the region".

Turkey has continued to support Qatar throughout the boycott, sending troops to the country, and Iran has sent food supplies.

Turkey has offered strong support to Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and several other states proclaimed it a supporter of terrorism and cut off all economic and diplomatic ties.

Wanted individuals residing in Qatar must be returned to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt.

The list demanded Qatar to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and to kick members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard out of Qatar and cut off any joint military cooperation with Iran.

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