Turkey rejects call to shut military base in Qatar

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.

Isik, commenting on the reports that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates demanded from Doha to close Turkey's Al-Rayyan military base in Qatar, said that no country has the right to interfere in the affairs of other countries.

The gas-rich Persian Gulf kingdom must shut down all affiliates and other news outlets that it allegedly funds, including Arabi21, Rassd, al-Araby al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye, as well.

The four countries are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain.

Qatar's neighbors also demand that it hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism; stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the US; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations.

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

Qatar - which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia - has rejected accusations it supports terrorism, calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".

The Qatari minister also said that the residents of the country were united behind their emir, and added that Al-Jazeera and foreign policy are included in its internal affairs, and are not open to negotiation.

The request is one of 13 that Kuwait, acting as mediator, has sent to the Qataris on behalf of the four Middle Eastern countries amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis, the Associated Press says.

Qatari citizens were expelled from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, and those countries also banned their own citizens from entering Qatar.

"The leakage will further exasperate & prolong the Qatar crisis". The list also contained demands that Qatar close down a Turkish military base on its territory and shut down Doha-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

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

-Hand over "terrorist figures" and wanted individuals from the four countries.

FILE - In this January 1, 2015, file photo, staff members of Al-Jazeera International work at the news studio in Doha, Qatar.

"It would be wiser that (Qatar) deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbours or a divorce will take place", he wrote on Twitter. Formally declare those entities as terrorist groups. "Iran also has redoubled its efforts to engage not only Qatar but also Kuwait and Oman, in particular by sending several naval vessels on a port visit to Oman after the rift erupted".

Perhaps the strictest directives, however, call Qatar to pledge military, political, and economic allegiance to the Gulf Cooperation Council ( مجلس التعاون الخليجي), a regional partnership that has worked aggressively to combat Iranian influence throughout the Arab world, and pay unspecified compensation for prior destabilizing, bad acts.

  • Zachary Reyes