Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Qatar Given Extra 48-Hrs To Respond To Saudi Demands

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Among the demands were calls to end financial support for terrorism, shutter the Al-Jazeera network, cut most ties with Iran, and close Turkey's air base as the price of ending a regional boycott of the small Persian Gulf state.

Qatar, which denies funding extremism, will submit a formal response on Monday.

Qatar is hours away from facing sanctions, unless it accepts demands from its neighbours which are accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

He yesterday met German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, who is on a tour of Arab states and said his country did not perceive the 13 demands as infringing on Qatar's sovereignty.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will not to attend the G20 summit due to the Gulf crisis, Saudi diplomatic sources said Monday.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the list "non-negotiable" last week.

"We are anxious that the distrust and the disunity could weaken all the parties concerned as well as the entire peninsula", said Gabriel, who will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

This meeting comes "in the framework of the coordination of positions", but also of "consultations" between the four countries to discuss "future endeavours regarding the Qatar", according to the text.

They severed ties with Qatar on June 5 over its alleged support for terrorism.

The foreign minister stressed that any country is free to raise grievances with Qatar, provided it has proof, but such conflicts should be worked out by negotiation, not by imposing ultimatums.

One punishment reportedly being mulled is suspending Qatar from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a bloc allied with the U.S., according to Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel. The decision though does not seem to make any change in pacifying the present crisis as Qatar is set to reject the thirteen point ultimatum.

The official KUNA news agency reported that Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani arrived in Kuwait earlier today to deliver a message from Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Trump "reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology", the statement said.

Qatar, which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia, has rejected the accusations, calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".

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