UAE warns Qatar to accept demands or face 'divorce'

Kuwait, which is mediating the dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations, delivered the 13 demands.

Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states have issued Qatar with a list of demands for the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf to end.

Commenting on the requirements of the Arab countries, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said today that the Turkish military base in Qatar is exclusively an internal issue of Ankara and Doha.

David Pollock, fellow at the Washington Institute, Mohamed Fawzi (L), former Al Jazeera English cameraman, Mohamed Fahmy, Al Jazeera English reporter, and lawyer Martin McMahon hold a press conference at the National Press Club about a lawsuit against Qatar's Al Jazeera June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Qatar has yet to publicly respond to the demands.

Qatar has 10 days to comply with the demands, according to the AP.

Gargash denounced Al Jazeera, but did not elaborate on whether closing the network is among the demands for ending the diplomatic impasse.

The Maldives and Libya later joined the countries that have isolated Qatar.

Egypt and the boycotting countries gave Qatar 10 days to comply.

As well as cutting diplomatic ties, Qatar's neighbours closed their air space to Qatari carriers and blocked the small but gas-rich emirate's only land border, vital for its food imports.

"We cannot expect an end to the crisis, solutions are not yet developed and the countries besieged Qatar have not provided any clear reasons for the steps they have taken", he was quoted to have said by CNN.

Qatar also has to announce the termination of links with terrorists, and ideological and sectarian organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, theIslamic State, Qaeda, and Hezbollah. But other Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, also fund hardline Islamist fighters.

Additionally, the four nations also demanded that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations, which has always been accused of publicising and fabricating news that incite sedition and support radical thoughts.

Any resulting agreement to comply with the demands will be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years, the official said without elaborating.

He reiterated the position taken by the Qatari government that shuttering the network is not an item up for negotiation. The list includes an end to Turkey's military presence in Qatar.

"The strengthening of the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf's security", Isik said.

Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added.

More broadly, the list demands that Qatar align itself politically, economically and otherwise with the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional club that has focused on countering the influence of Iran.

Saudi Arabia regularly accuses Iran, its regional rival, of interference throughout the Middle East.

  • Zachary Reyes