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Turkey: Demands by Saudi-led blockade 'breach of Qatar's sovereignty rights'

Turkey: Demands by Saudi-led blockade 'breach of Qatar's sovereignty rights'”

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said that Al Jazeera Media Network is an "internal affair" and there will be no discussion about the fate of the Doha-based broadcaster amid the Gulf crisis.

The list, which became public knowledge yesterday, apparently includes a demand for the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a long-standing source of conflict between Doha and neighbouring countries.

The list also calls on Qatar to close the Turkish military base that is now under construction in Qatar as well as sever ties to all terrorist, sectarian and ideological organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fath al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra Front) and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement.

Qatar has also opened its doors to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates consider a terrorist organization; to members of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group; and to the Afghan Taliban.

"We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats and fear-mongering", it said in a statement.

An optimist might hope the other Sunni states have seen the error of their ways and intend to clean up their acts after reaching an agreement with Qatar, but that degree of optimism is hard to come by in the Middle East.

The demands confirm that "the crisis is profound", Gargash added.

Kuwait - which is mediating between Qatar and its Arab neighbors - presented a list of those states' demands to the Qataris.

Many other reasons have been posited as being responsible for this crisis, such as Qatar's increasingly growing friendliness with Iran; it has also sparked a flurry of efforts by other countries such as the United States to fix the relations between the countries.

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Qatar's neighbors have also accused it of backing al-Qaida and the Islamic State group's ideology throughout the Middle East. Qatar has denied the allegation.

Washington, which is a close military ally of countries on both sides of the dispute, had called for a resolution. To discuss the issue, Press TV has interviewed Naseer al-Omari, writer and political commentator from NY, and James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst from Washington.

"Any call to close down or curtail Al-Jazeera is nothing but an attempt to muzzle a voice of democracy in the region and suppress freedom of expression", Giles Trendle, the acting managing director of Al-Jazeera English, told The Associated Press by phone from its Doha headquarters.

Saudi Arabia and other states closed land borders with Qatar on 5 June, expelling its citizens from their territory and banning its national carrier from its airspace.

Qatar on Saturday dismissed the 13 demands as unreasonable and an impingement on its sovereignty.

Resisting the demands could prove hard for Qatar. In Qatar, the hashtag "the list is rejected" trended in Arabic on social media.

Only a day earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had warned the demands must be "reasonable and actionable".

Mr Erdogan said Turkey had offered to establish a military base in Saudi Arabia, but haven't received a clear response.

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