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Turkey refuses closing military base in Qatar upon Arab states' demand

Turkey refuses closing military base in Qatar upon Arab states' demand”

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.

According to the document posted on social media, the Saudi-led coalition demands that Qatar closes down Al-Jazeera, downgrades diplomatic ties with Iran and shuts a Turkish military base in the emirate.

Four Arab states that have isolated Qatar have handed the country a list of 13 demands, including some that are likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades.

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.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, who have imposed a blockade on Qatar, insisted the Turkish base be closed in a list of demands issued to Qatar yesterday which Doha had to meet before the blockade would be lifted.

According to the list, Qatar must refuse to naturalize citizens from the four countries and expel those now in Qatar.

The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear created to quash a two decade-old foreign policy in which Qatar has punched well above its weight, striding the stage as a peace broker, often in conflicts in Muslim lands.

The acting managing director of Al-Jazeera's English language service on Friday denounced demands by Gulf Arab states involved in a dispute with Qatar for the network's shutdown as an attempt to suppress free expression.

Egypt and Bahrain accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cosying up to Iran.

Turkey's military support for Qatar has been matched by stepped up commercial links.

Qatar has slammed the blockade as an "illegal siege" based on "false allegations on financing of terrorism".

Several of these are accused of promoting the Muslim Brotherhood - labeled a "terrorist organization" by many Gulf states - and are already widely blocked.

Quoting sources, Al-Jazeera reported that a list had been delivered to Qatar, but the broadcaster did not elaborate on its contents.

"There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we can not ask them to leave".

Align itself with the other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically.

Not only that, if Qatar agrees to comply, the countries will audit compliance once every month for the first year, and then once per quarter in the second year after it takes effect. Nor did the United States, where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had encouraged the Arab countries earlier this week to provide a list of demands that was "reasonable and actionable".



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