Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Germany brands Arab states' Qatar demands 'very provocative'

Germany brands Arab states' Qatar demands 'very provocative'

Tillerson said it would be "very difficult" for Qatar to comply with the demands on Sunday but added they would provide a basis for talks.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday denounced the list of demands, rejecting their request to close its military base in Qatar.

Four Arab nations, locked in a blockade with Qatar since the beginning of June, have issued a list of demands for the state.

A plea by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Gulf states to tone down their rhetoric in a rapidly escalating diplomatic standoff involving Qatar, Saudi Arabia and three Saudi allies appears to be falling on deaf ears.

The demands include Qatar agreeing to shut down every one of its media outlets, including the influential al-Jazeera, permanently, agree to pay an unspecified fine to the Saudis, close several foreign diplomatic posts that the Saudis don't want them to have, and to expel the Turkish military from a base on the peninsula.

Doha, whose neighbors have closed their airspace to Qatari flights, has said it was reviewing the list of demands, but said the demands were not reasonable or actionable.

And Iran angered the Saudi-allied group by saying that a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar is "unacceptable".

Asked by reporters on a visit to Washington if the demands were non-negotiable, Saudi's Jubeir said: "Yes".

Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives have also said they are indefinitely severing ties with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, have issued 13 demands which they want Qatar to meet in return for an end to the almost three-week-old diplomatic and trade "blockade". "Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda, " he said.

Its ally Turkey joined in, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying on Sunday that the ultimatum was "against worldwide law". ".This approach of 13 demands is against global law because you can not attack or intervene in the sovereignty of a country".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has voiced support for Qatar in its confrontation with the four states.

"We view cooperation with the Qatari government as continuous cooperation and believe that there are very good opportunities to further deepen relations between the two countries and these opportunities must be exploited", Rouhani said, according to statement on his website.

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