Qatar's Response Deadline Extended

July 3, 2017

 Saudi Arabia and its allies, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt said early Monday they had decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept and respond positively to their list of demands.

 

This latest move was requested by the Kuwaiti emir who is acting as mediator in the Gulf crisis, according to a joint statement issued by the official Saudi SPA news agency.  After the Kuwaiti government noted Qatar's military was ready to protect its country's borders and following 

Qatar's announcement that it was due to hand over its response to the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Monday.

 

One June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbor, accusing Doha of supporting extremism and being too close to regional arch-rival Iran, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

 

On June 22, 2017 the four nations presented Qatar with the 13 following demands:

 1: Shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations

 2: Shut down other Qatar funded news outlets

 3: Curb diplomatic and military ties with Iran

 4: Sever ties to "specific terrorist organizations. Notice names were not      provided with this demand.

 5: End military cooperation with Turkey inside Qatar

 6: Stop funding designated terrorist organizations and individuals. Notice  again the names of the organizations or individuals were not named.

 7: Hand over terrorists and wanted individuals to Gulf countries of origins   8: Pay compensation caused by the Qatari policies

 9: Qatar must align with other Gulf and Arab countries

10: Stop contact with political opposition in the four countries

11: Stop granting citizenship to wanted nationals from above countries

12: Agree to all demands within 10 days

13: If Qatar agrees, it would be monitored for the next 10 years

 

"The list of demands is made to be rejected," Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said Saturday in Rome.

"The state of Qatar... is rejecting it as a principle," he added: "We are willing to engage in providing the proper conditions for further dialogue."


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