UAE insists Qatar must shutdwon Al Jazeera
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 7:44
A copy of the document - obtained and translated by the Associated Press - instructs officials in Doha to sever diplomatic ties with Iran, shut down state broadcaster Al Jazeera, and close a Turkish military base in the country.
Saudi Arabia and its allies presented Qatar with a list of steep demands to end the crisis that has roiled the Gulf for nearly three weeks, as diplomats predicted the tiny Gulf state would likely refuse to comply.
The four countries say that the list will become void if Qatar fails to comply in the 10-day period.
Individuals that have already been granted Qatari nationality in this manner must have their nationality revoked.
Qatar has slammed the blockade as an "illegal siege" based on "false allegations on financing of terrorism".
If Qatar refuses to comply by the deadline, the Arab countries signaled, they'll continue to restrict its access to land, sea and air routes indefinitely, as economic pressure mounts on Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt imposed a blockade on Doha late last month, closing their airspace and territorial waters to Qatari planes and ships.
"We are mystified that the Gulf States have not released to the public nor to the Qataris the details about the claims that they are making toward Qatar", Nauert said on Tuesday.
"The leakage will further exasperate & prolong the Qatar crisis".
Qatar is also required to hand over opposition figures wanted by its three neighbours and Egypt.
Qatar's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the contents of the list, and there were no immediate, official announcements of the submission from any of the states involved.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties to Qatar earlier this month, accusing it of funding terrorism and fomenting unrest.
Earlier this week, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the USA was "mystified" as to why the Gulf states hadn't yet issued such a list of demands.
Pro-Emirati ommentators had suggested Qatar would have to shut down the broadcaster in return for restoring Gulf ties.
Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda's branch in Syria and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory.
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.
Turkey has continued to support Qatar throughout the boycott, sending troops to the country, and Iran has sent food supplies.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Saudi leaders on how to calm tensions and come to a diplomatic solution.