Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Saudi Arabia and some other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar over what they claimed Qatar's meddling in their internal affairs have reportedly issued a list of demands, including the shutting down of Al Jazeera network and ending Qatar's ties with Iran, before they decide to end the blockade.

The countries cut ties with Qatar on June 5. Complying would force Qatar to bring its policies in line with the regional vision of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's biggest economy and gatekeeper of Qatar's only land border.

Two dozen more Turkish soldiers and five armoured cars arrived in Qatar on Thursday, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports.

Isik said Turkey's presence in Qatar should be seen as beneficial to the whole Gulf region.

Besides, Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, expel any members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with United States sanctions.

It stipulates that Qatar also shut down Al Jazeera's affiliates, which could include its English-language sister news network that is available around the world.

He warned that "leakage will further exasperate and prolong the Qatar crisis".

Qatar must announce severance of ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian orgs, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Hizbollah; and designate them as terrorists. They returned eight months later after Qatar took some steps against Brotherhood members. Qatar, which sought to raise its profile in recent years, denies funding terrorism and fostering instability.

The Arab countries that have severed ties with Qatar have issued a list of demands that the latter should adhere to in order to end the crisis.

Funding: Stop all Qatar funding of any kind to terrorist or extremist individuals, entities or organizations.

Kuwait - which is mediating between Qatar and its Arab neighbors - presented a list of those states' demands to the Qataris.

Abdullah al-Muhanadi, a retired public sector shopping for groceries in Doha on Friday morning, said the boycott must be lifted before negotiations to resolve the dispute could start.

Four states in the Middle East that are now boycotting Qatar over the country's alleged support for terrorism have offered the nation a lifeline to end the crisis in the Middle East.

The move comes at a tense juncture in Gulf politics, as key members of the Gulf co-operation council suspended all ties with Qatar as part of a diplomatic row with the gas-rich monarchy.

Reports: Agreement will have clear goals and mechanism and will be followed up with periodic reports, monthly for first year, every 3 months for second year and once every year for next 10 years.

  • Zachary Reyes