Erdogan says Saudi-led ultimatum on Qatar 'against international law'

In addition, the document states that Qatar should agree to all the demands within 10 days of their submission, otherwise the list would be considered invalid.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt want Qatar to meet the 13-point ultimatum in return for an end to a almost 3-week-old diplomatic and trade "blockade" of the emirate.

Turkey has offered support to Qatar after Saudi Arabia and several other countries severed ties with Qatar over accusations of funding terrorism and fomenting regional instability.

The four countries have given Doha a 10-day deadline to meet the demands.

Qatar has also turned down the bloc's demands as an interference in its sovereignty and foreign policy. Qatari officials deny allegations that they fund terrorism and say the four countries' motivations are political.

The list presented to Qatar by the Arab countries demanded that it cut ties with Iran, hand over extremists and shut down Al Jazeera.

"Maybe the fate of Al Jazeera will depend on talks between the government of Qatar and its neighbours".

The showdown between Qatar and the Arab nations allied against it began two weeks ago.

A decision on Friday by the Montreal-based ICAO to a hold a briefing comes after Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker expressed concerns that the United Nations agency was not working quickly enough to solve the crisis.

After its neighbors ordered Qatar to break off diplomatic ties with key ally Iran and close the Al Jazeera TV channel, the Qatari government on Saturday denounced the demands as unreasonable. "We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats and fear-mongering", it said in a statement.

When asked about a list of demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as the price for lifting an nearly three-week "blockade" on Qatar, press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment directly.

The Associated Press and Reuters each reported they were given the list from an unnamed official among the five Arab countries that isolated Qatar.

"They are trying to impose their views on how the issues need to be dealt with in the Middle East".

"It is a breach of Qatar's sovereignty rights".

Doha said it was reviewing the list, but said it was not reasonable or actionable.

On Thursday, the UAE's foreign minister Anwar Gargash accused Al Jazeera of being a "news broadcast for the Muslim Brotherhood".

Scale down diplomatic ties with Iran and close the Iranian diplomatic missions in Qatar, expel members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and cut off military and intelligence cooperation with Iran.

"The alternative is not escalation".

Tillerson has sought to mediate but the White House has been more hands-off, describing the diplomatic crisis as a "family issue" on Friday.

As a measure to lower the terrorist threat, Qatar is expected to stop naturalization of citizens from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrein and Egypt, as well as to give out all the criminals, those countries are searching for.

  • Leroy Wright


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