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Arab states want obedience from Qatar, alternative is parting ways - UAE minister

Arab states want obedience from Qatar, alternative is parting ways - UAE minister”

Following US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson insistence earlier this week that Qatar's neighbors provide a list of demands that is "reasonable and actionable" and call on Mideast countries to ease blockade on Qatar, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have tabled 13 demands on Qatar, including the closure of the Qatar-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera, as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo off the country, the Reuters reported.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's state minister for foreign affairs, warned Qatar faced a "divorce" if it did not comply with the demands.

The uncompromising demands leave little prospect for a quick end to the biggest diplomatic crisis for years between Sunni Arab Gulf states.

"The alternative is not escalation".

"The alternative is not escalation, the alternative is parting of ways, because it is very hard for us to maintain a collective grouping", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told reporters.

Tensions escalated after Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates presented a list of demands to Qatar overnight. They have signalled that if Qatar refuses to comply by the deadline, they will continue to restrict its access to land, sea and air routes indefinitely amid mounting economic pressure on the Persian Gulf nation.

Among them are - lowering the diplomatic relations with Iran, closing down the Al-Jazeera television channel, stopping military cooperation with Turkey and closing of the Turkish military base in the country.

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Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Arab official said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory. The list, obtained by The Associated Press on June 22, gives Qatar 10 days to comply with all demands.

"The mediators' ability to shuttle between the parties and try and reach a common ground has been compromised by this leak".

Qatar's neighbors also demand that it hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism; stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the US; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations. 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. The Al-Jazeera network it hosts has provided exposure for groups ranging from the Muslim Brotherhood to al-Qaida, and is seen by its critics as a mouthpiece for extremist ideology.

The four Arab countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cosying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran.

As well as cutting diplomatic ties, Qatar's neighbours closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate's only land border, vital for its food imports.

Hand over "terrorist figures" and wanted individuals from the four countries.



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