Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UAE Official Calls On US, EU To Help 'Guarantee' Any Qatar Agreement

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have given Qatar a 10-day deadline to meet the demands.

Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar and imposed a land, air and sea blockade against it on June 5, accusing it of supporting "terrorism".

Speaking to members of the press after attending the Eid prayer in Istanbul's Ataşehir district, President Erdoğan said that Turkey appreciated and endorsed Qatar's attitude towards the 13-article list of demands from the Saudi-led anti-Qatar axis, which also includes closing the Al Jazeera satellite television network and curbing relations with Iran.

Gargash criticized Qatar over disclosing the demands, saying the move has dealt a "blow" to mediation efforts. "It's very hard for us to maintain a collective grouping with one of the partners ... actively promoting what is an extremist and terrorist agenda".

"A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation", Tillerson said in a statement.

Mr Tillerson is also calling for a "lowering of rhetoric" to "help ease the tension" and said the United States is supporting Kuwait's efforts to mediate.

"We welcome [Qatar's position] because we consider the 13-point list against global law", Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency on Sunday".

Qatar confirmed Friday it had received the list and was studying the demands.

The director of the Qatari's communication office said the blockade was meant to "limit Qatar's sovereignty and interfere in its foreign policy", according to the official QNA news agency.

On June 23, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik had told a local broadcaster that the base in Qatar supports the security and stability of Gulf countries, and any call to shut the base acts as interference in Turkey's ties with Qatar.

Erdogan said Turkey had also offered to set up a military base in Saudi Arabia - one of the four countries which issued the ultimatum to Qatar - but Riyadh had not responded.

The four Arab governments delivered the demands to Qatar through mediator Kuwait on Thursday, more than two weeks after severing all ties with the emirate and imposing an embargo.

Turkey, whose President Tayyip Erdogan has his roots in an Islamist political party, and Qatar have been the main backers of the Muslim Brotherhood movement that challenges Arab rulers.

Qatar is home to the Al-Udeid forward base for U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations not only in Syria but also Iraq and Afghanistan.

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