Saudi Arabia Demands Qatar "Shut Down" Al Jazeera

Reuters was citing an official from one of the four countries.

Qatar appeared likely to dismiss numerous demands, including the shuttering of the landmark Al Jazeera television as well as its affiliates.

The total number of Turkish military personnel in Qatar is now 113, according to Turkish media.

Cutting ties to Iran would be hard.

Trendle also said that demands to shutter the network are "nothing but an attempt to muzzle a voice of democracy in the region and suppress freedom of expression".

"These demands must be agreed within 10 days, otherwise they would be invalidated", according to the document.

The Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar have given the Gulf nation 10 days to comply with a series of demands, including the closure of the Al Jazeera satellite television channel.

Worldwide desk - Four neighbouring states that boycotted Qatar has asked the country to comply with a list of 13-point demands, including cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, in 10 days.

Four states have given Doha a ten-day deadline to meet their demands.

Speaking at a news conference in Paris, France on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said he had no idea why the Saudi Arabia-led bloc of nations imposed a blockade on Qatar.

The four Arab countries have accused Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cosying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran.

— Sever all ties to "terrorist organizations", specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State group, al-Qaida, and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Turkey has turned down a demand by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the anti-Qatar coalition that its base in the tiny Gulf state is shut down.

Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis.

Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the accusation on Twitter on Friday. On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, pulling their ambassadors from the gas-rich emirate and giving its citizens a two-week deadline to leave their territory.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the new crown prince to "increase efforts" to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar, Turkish officials said Thursday. Complying would force Qatar to bring its policies in line with the regional vision of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's biggest economy and gatekeeper of Qatar's only land border.

The first Turkish ship carrying some 4,000 tonnes of dry food supplies, fruit and vegetables set off from a port in western Turkey's Izmir province at dawn on Thursday.

"Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda", Fikri Isik said speaking in a interview with NTV news broadcaster.

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