Saudis slam tough terms on Qatar to end blockade
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 12:30
The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait also require that Qatar stop interfering in the four countries' domestic and foreign affairs and stop a practice of giving Qatari nationality to citizens of the four countries, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Jet Airways will operate a 168-seater aircraft on June 22 and June 23 between Mumbai and Doha.
On June 5, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Yemen - abruptly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals off those four countries if it violates those countries' laws.
The UAE said this week the sanctions could last for years unless Doha accepted demands that the Arab powers plan to reveal in coming days.
Tillerson, who canceled a June 19 trip to Mexico to focus on mediating the Qatar crisis, has had more than 20 calls and meetings with various parties and believes they need to "speed this along" and resolve their differences, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday.
Qatar repeatedly came under criticism in many capitals for allegedly backing the al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which was previously known as al-Nusra Front and is one of the most formidable jihadist groups battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
The document specifies that both Al Jazeera and all of its affiliates must be shut down.
Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis.
Bays said that the statement was "almost certainly cleared in advance" with the Pentagon and with the White House.
"Now that it's been more than two weeks since the embargo started, we are mystified that the Gulf states have not released to the public, nor to the Qataris, the details about the claims they are making toward Qatar", Nauert said.
"But with this administration, you have to ask one question: is the president himself on board with the new policy?" he added.
Nauert's comments suggest USA frustration is building, especially toward the Saudi alliance that Trump has praised.
Qatar's foreign minister is expected to travel to Washington next week to hold talks about the ongoing crisis.
The flare-up in the Gulf puts the U.S.in a hard position because it's allied with nations on both sides of the dispute.
Interference: Stop interfering other countries' domestic affairs. "Does any of that squares?"