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

UAE warns Qatar to accept demands or face 'divorce'

UAE warns Qatar to accept demands or face 'divorce'

According to the document posted on social media, the Saudi-led coalition demands that Qatar closes down Al-Jazeera, downgrades diplomatic ties with Iran and shuts a Turkish military base in the emirate.

The boycotting nations demanded that Qatar stop all funding for individuals, groups or organizations that have been designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt, Bahrain, the USA and other countries, and hand over any individuals wanted in these countries. The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on June 21, had said that he hopes the demand laid out by the bloc would be "reasonable and actionable".

The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait also require that Qatar stop interfering in the four countries' domestic and foreign affairs.

Turkey has no intention of shutting down its brand new military base in Qatar, it said in a rejection of a demand about the small Gulf kingdom voiced by other Arab nations.

Reports have suggested countries behind the economic sanctions on Qatar - Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and others - are demanding the closure of Al Jazeera, a media group that has been targeted in the Middle East because of its critical reporting.

The Maldives and Libya later joined the countries that have isolated Qatar.

Or its ties to Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Ankara deployed troops to Qatar in a show of support for its ally following the outbreak of the diplomatic crisis.

Saudi Arabia has also banned Qatar Airways from operating in the country, with Saudi Arabia's aviation authority withdrawing Qatar's licence to land and fly in the country.

The four countries severed ties with Qatar soon after a visit by President Trump to Saudi Arabia.

The acting managing director of Al-Jazeera's English language service on Friday denounced demands by Gulf Arab states involved in a dispute with Qatar for the network's shutdown as an attempt to suppress free expression.

The Qatari government has been asked to agree to the demands within 10 days.

These Gulf nations were later joined by Libya, Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania, with Jordan and Djibouti announcing they would lower the level of diplomatic contacts with Qatar.

"At this point, we are left with one simple question: were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar's alleged support for terrorism?"

"It's not about Iran or Al Jazeera", he said.

Qatar has been given 13 demands by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that it must adhere to for the current blockade to be lifted.

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