Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 12:39
Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Arab official said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory.
The Iran provisions in the document say Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, kick out from Qatar any members of the Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with U.S. sanctions.
"In regards to the continuing dispute within the (Gulf Cooperation Council), we understand a list of demands has been prepared and coordinated by the Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians, and Bahrainis", Tillerson said in a statement.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been assigned to oversee an end to the crisis, has made at least 20 calls to both Riyadh and Doha with little progress, and wants to see a quick resolution to the spat, Nauert said.
The director of ports in Iran's Bushehr province, Mohammad Mehdi Bonchari, said that Tehran is shipping 1,100 tonnes of food every day to Qatar, according to Fars news agency. The FTO most closely associated with Qatar is the Palestinian terror group Hamas, whose leader was until recently based in Doha, since leaving Damascus early on during the Syrian civil war.
All four nations have now closed land, air and sea borders with Qatar.
Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik told local broadcaster NTV on Friday that his country had no plans to review its military base in Qatar and dismissed demands for its closure as interferences in Ankara's relations with the oil-rich Gulf state. That presumably would mean Qatar would have to close down Al-Jazeera's English-language sister network.
Doha, for its part, strenuously denies accusations that it supports terrorism, describing the attempts to isolate it as "unjustified".
Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year.
But this official and a second US official said it was inaccurate to single Qatar out, and that the Saudis, Emiratis and other Gulf states face similar challenges in countering terrorist financing.
End interference in sovereign countries' internal affairs.
Within hours of Tillerson's comments on June 9, Trump called Qatar a "funder of terrorism at a very high level".