United States says Arab's demands on Qatar hard to meet

"We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism", he said.

"Just like the presence of other foreign military bases or units in other countries of the region, our military presence in Qatar is principally based on a decision taken by the two countries relying on their sovereign rights", he said.

Qatar faces the prospect of diplomatic isolation in the long-term if it does not accept the demands made by its Gulf neighbours to end the ongoing dispute, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister warned on Saturday.

The United States said the demands on Qatar by its Mideast neighbors "will be very hard to meet".

He also called for a "lowering of rhetoric" to "help ease the tension" and said Washington is supporting a mediation effort by Kuwait aimed at defusing the crisis after the four Arab states cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the top U.S. diplomat added, however, that the list submitted by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt includes "significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution".

"We are reviewing these demands out of respect for. regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs", Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said in a statement.

The demands call on Qatar to end its alleged support for organisations including Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Islamic State.

As well as shutting down Al Jazeera, which Qatar has previously said it would not do, the boycotting five Arab countries also want it to cut diplomatic ties with Iran.

Gargash said that if Qatar fails to comply within the 10-day timeline set out in the ultimatum, it will be isolated.

Doha, for its part, strenuously denies that it supports terrorism, describing the moves to isolate it as "unjustified".

Amir Handjani, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told Al Jazeera that the demands are a "non-starter".

"I am sure as temperatures rise, other countries such as the United States, the UK, the French - who have longstanding ties with the GCC countries. will step in and try and play a mediating role", he said.

He called on the Arab countries to "sit together" with Qatar to work through what he hoped would be "reasonable and actionable" demands.

Sean Spicer, the USA press secretary, said the USA will not intervene unless it is "asked to join. and facilitate" discussions between the countries involved.

The sanctions have disrupted Qatar's main import routes by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from big container ships docked in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Joanne Flowers