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UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar”

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer called it a "family issue" among Arab states and declined to say whether the newly articulated demands were legitimate. For its part, Saudi Arabia went all in behind the Egyptian military, which ousted Morsi just over a year after he was elected.

"This is something that they want to and should work out for themselves", Spicer said.

Al Jazeera first garnered attention in the USA after it aired videos of Osama bin Laden justifying the 9-11 attacks.

The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and requested anonymity.

"We hope that the countries involved resolve the situation through dialogue,"said United Nations spokeswoman Eri Kaneko, as quoted by the Inquirer".

"Some of them may come under pressure to resign or to choose to do so to be aligned with the policy of their country, so we are now investigating this", she said.

A Qatar semi-government human rights body said the demands were a violation of human rights conventions and should not be accepted by Qatar.

Michael Stephens, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, said the demands made of Qatar should be seen as a starting point for negotiations.

Qatar must reduce diplomatic representation with Iran. Kuwait is helping mediate the dispute.

US investigators believe the crisis was sparked by hackers who transmitted fake, inflammatory messages appearing to come from Qatar's emir.

As the crisis has dragged on, US diplomats have complained privately that the Arab nations were taking too long to present their demands, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said they must be "reasonable and actionable".

He said if Qatar did not accept its ultimatum, "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways".

Unfortunately for Qatar's state-backed media network Al Jazeera, it's now the focus of a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East.

Al Jazeera said any call to close down the network is an attempt to silence freedom of expression in the region, said the CNN in its report.

Qatar must announce severance of ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian orgs, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Hizbollah; and designate them as terrorists. It described the move as "a very limited measure that could take place in any oil and gas operating company" to ensure uninterrupted supplies to customers.

It says "no employee, under any circumstances, (has) been asked to remain against their consent". His country and others will maintain restrictions on Qatar until they feel a solution is found, he added.

Qatar is also required to immediately terminate its construction of a Turkish military base and stop any joint military cooperation with Turkey on Qatari territories.

In Ankara, Defence Minister Fikri Isik rejected that demand, saying the Turkish base was there to train Qatari soldiers and bolster the Gulf nation's security. "Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda". An air force contingent was also envisaged, it said. A copy of the list was obtained by The Associated Press and translated from Arabic.

Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. It is to this end that the Saudi-led bloc submitted a list of 13 demands to be carried out in 10 days before relations can be restored.

— Shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would give its official response to Kuwait, which has been acting as the mediator between Qatar and its neighbours.

The 13-point list of demands is so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply, stated the report. Saudi Arabia has also closed its border, Qatar's only land access to the world. Qatar vehemently denies funding or supporting extremism but acknowledges that it allows members of some extremist groups such as Hamas to live in Qatar, arguing that fostering dialogue is key to resolving global conflicts.

"This blockade is not aimed at fighting terrorism but at impinging on Qatar's sovereignty and interfering in its foreign policy", Sheikh Saif said.

US President Trump has cheered on the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar and claimed it as a success for his trip to the Middle East last month.

That call appeared to have been roundly ignored, and the list sidestepped US negotiating efforts.

— Curb diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions there.

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