Arab states issue 13 demands to end Qatar crisis

The list of demands also calls for Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera news operation and its affiliate networks and to stop funding entities designated as terrorist groups by the US government. "Undermining serious diplomacy will lead to parting of ways", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter.

A senior Saudi official said the draft document reviewed by the Journal matches the demands of the final official version, which has yet to be released but which another country, Kuwait, passed to Qatar on Thursday. They prohibited Qatar from entering their airspace and imposed trade restraints and limitations on people's movements, and Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar.

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.

They also want Doha to close Turkey's military base in Qatar.

The demands confirm that "the crisis is profound".

Gargash argued that the "crisis is real" and is being ignited by the "confused" administration of Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Considering the tough list of demands, the questions remains: will Qatar succumb to pressure and fulfil the demands listed by the major Gulf countries, or will it abstain?

"It would be wiser that (Qatar) deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbours or a divorce will take place", he said.

"The leakage will further exasperate & prolong the Qatar crisis". It must also deliver individuals accused of terrorism in those four countries and stop funding groups that are designated as terrorist by the United States.

Al Jazeera called on its peers in the industry, media institutions and other global organisations to re-affirm their solidarity in defending media freedom wherever it may be.

"The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region", Isik said in an interview with broadcaster NTV. Formally declare these entities as terror groups as per the list announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt, and concur with all future updates of this list.

The report also warned that a prolonged dispute between Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council nations would interfere with the seamlessness of USA operations in the Gulf, especially a U.S. effort to construct a regional ballistic missile defense system to neutralize Iran's increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile force. Even as Qatar's neighbors try to get it to sever ties with these countries, some experts believe the sanctions might actually encourage those relations.

  • Leroy Wright