dglobalnews.com Arab countries list 13 demands for ending the dispute with Qatar
Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Arab countries list 13 demands for ending the dispute with Qatar

Led by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and the Maldives, announced on June 5 that they will suspend all of their political, economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar in response to the emirate's alleged support of terrorist groups.

Tillerson this week hosted a top Qatari government official and held a separate meeting with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, who is also visiting the USA capital.

Israeli media reports suggest that the first steps could include Israeli businesses opening up in Saudi Arabia and the country's national carrier El Al flying through Saudi airspace.

Washington has become an arena for active diplomatic efforts, with the presence of Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir, his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Kuwaiti State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Abdullah al-Mubarak Al Sabah.

According to Alarabiya news, Doha has been asked to shut leading news channel Al Jazeera, sever relations with Iran, stop the establishment of a military base by Turkey in Qatar and cutting military cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member among other demands.

The workers from countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal have been left without accommodation and money, said Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marri, chairman of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Al Jazeera reported.

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The row in the Gulf erupted this month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being an ally of regional foe Iran. That prompted Platts to stipulate that during its review Al-Shaheen loading from Qatar could not - unless mutually agreed by buyer and seller - be nominated for delivery once a deal had been struck in its pricing process known as market-on-close (MOC).

The UAE's ambassador Omar Ghobash to Russian Federation has said on Wednesday that Qatar could face fresh sanctions if it does not comply with the demands. He believes that is the effect of Donald Trump trip to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Emamzadeh told me that Iran-Qatar relation is based on cultural relations, Qatari people were always interested in Iranian culture.

The United States has cautioned that some of the demands would be hard for Qatar to accept, asking the Saudis for a clear list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable".

After his meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Thani said Saudi Arabia can not unilaterally list demands against Qatar, and "then refuse to negotiate".

"This list of demands is non-negotiable and should be implemented in full", remarked Al Jubeir. Some of the demands remain vague; many require a huge change of course from Qatar in terms of both its foreign and domestic policy. He also raised the possibility of expelling Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which he said was certainly under discussion.

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