Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 17:10
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar have issued a steep list of demands to end the crisis.
Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda's branch in Syria, he said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory.
Here's a look at the full list of demands that Qatar must respond to, as published by Khaleej Times.
Al Jazeera Media Network is an "internal affair" and there will be no discussion about the fate of the Doha-based broadcaster with nations that imposed a blockade on Qatar, its foreign minister says, Al Jazeera reports.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. hoped the list of demands, once released, would be "reasonable and actionable".
The list also demands that Qatar pay reparations to the four countries for damages or costs incurred because of Qatari policies, according to Reuters.
Other demands pressed Qatar to "stop interfering in other countries' domestic affairs", to give an unspecified amount of compensation to the countries who presented the demands, to honor the Riyadh agreements of 2013 and 2014 and to shut down all other media supported by Qatar.
"Delegations from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Israel, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood and representatives of Western governments have all sat at the negotiating table in Doha for peaceful discussions on the major issues confronting the Middle East".
He added that Al Jazeera covered the diplomatic row between Qatar and Gulf Arab states from the first day in a professional and impartial manner, also inviting experts who supported "illegitimate" measures against Qatar. There are already 88 Turkish soldiers stationed in Qatar, and that number is expected to eventually reach 1,000, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
It comes almost three weeks after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed a tight blockade on Qatar, their neighbour in the Gulf.
Al Jazeera said any call to close down the network were an attempt to silence freedom of expression in the region.
Later in June, several African countries cut relations with Qatar and others downgraded ties.
On Thursday, five armoured vehicles and 23 military personnel arrived in Doha from Turkey.
"Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf's security", he said.
There is also a demand to shut down the news outlets that Qatar directly or indirectly funds, "including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye".