Qatar was given 2 more days to respond to Arab demands

Violet Tucker
July 4, 2017

According to the official Qatar News Agency, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah will meet today morning HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbor, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

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.

Later, the four countries placed on terrorism lists 59 people and 12 groups with alleged links to Qatar.

Qatar shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia, it rejects the accusations, calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the demands were created to not be met.

"There is no fear".

However, Al-Jazeera writes that its reporter in Kuwait City, Saad al-Saeedi, says there was "a sense of relief, tinged with caution" after it was delivered in Kuwait City.

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US President Donald Trump spoke separately to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in the UAE to discuss his "concerns about the ongoing dispute", the White House said. Qatar denies the allegations.

The four states stated that if Qatar does not comply with the demands, the crisis with Doha will continue and they will impose additional sanctions.

The president is leaving on Wednesday for a European trip that will take him to Poland and Germany, where he will attend a G-20 Summit that will include a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Its Gulf neighbours placed a blockade on the country after accusing it of funding extremism.

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states which spearheaded a diplomatic campaign against Qatar have extended the deadline for Doha to accept their demands.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt agreed to extend the deadline after Kuwait's government urged them to do so late Sunday, the Kuwait News Agency reported.

The ultimatum expires Monday, though the countries involved have not provided a precise time or detailed what immediate penalties, if any, Qatar will face.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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