Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

But as the crisis enters its fifth week, the US State Department on Tuesday urged the states allied against Doha to make their demands public and detail their accusations against Qatar.

Qatar, which sought to raise its profile in recent years, denies funding terrorism and fostering instability.

The tensions broke out last month when the Qatar News Agency (QNA) released comments attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, describing Iran as an "Islamic power", praising the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and criticizing US President Donald Trump. Qatar has been isolated by a number of Arab and African states for its alleged support of terrorism and Iran.

It is not known if the demand to shutter Al Jazeera includes the beIN Media Group, which broadcasts sport and entertainment and was spun out of its Al Jazeera Sports channels. beIN acquired Miramax in 2016.

The list also demands that Qatar stop funding a host of other news outlets including Arabi21, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye.

Qatar must immoderately shut down the Turkish military base that is being established, and halt any military co-operation with Turkey in Qatar.

Qatar must reduce diplomatic representation with Iran.

Turkey's armed forces said the deployment of five armoured vehicles and 23 military personnel which arrived in Doha on Thursday was part of a military training and cooperation deal.

The list demanded Qatar to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and to kick members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard out of Qatar and cut off any joint military cooperation with Iran. Formally declare those entities as terrorist groups.

The demands were also likely to elicit Qatari objections that its neighbours are trying to dictate its sovereign affairs by imposing such far-reaching requirements.

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain have recalled all their residents in Qatar. Don't grant citizenship to anyone from 4 countries (who wrote demands), strip citizenship from those that have been granted who violates law of these countries.

Egypt and Bahrain have now laid down 13 conditions Qatar needs to meet to solve the crisis.

Opposition: Qatar hands over records/data on opposition they supported and kind of support they received.

Furthermore, Qatar was also also asked to pay reparations to the four countries for any damage or costs incurred as a result of Qatari policies.

Those countries have now given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which include paying an unspecified sum in compensation.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the four countries want Qatar to stop naturalizing their citizens.

  • Joanne Flowers