Arab states extend deadline on Qatar by 48 hrs

Jul 04, 2017, 00:34
Arab states extend deadline on Qatar by 48 hrs

The Kuwaiti emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, early on July 3 said he had received the Qataris' formal response and immediately asked the Arab nations grant Qatar a 48-hour extension.

Trump, spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani.

Hurayji, in an interview with the Arabic version of Turkey's Daily Sabah, said that Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt chose to severe ties with Qatar after Doha's reluctance to meet commitment it made over several years. A deadline set to expire Sunday for Qatar to meet a list of demands or face sanctions was extended 48 hours.

The 40-year-old said that Al-Jazeera's coverage of Palestinian affairs had led him to gift his house as a symbolic gesture and that him and his wife had also donated their kidneys for sick people in Qatar.

The foreign ministers of the four countries will meet on Wednesday in Egypt's capital, Cairo, to discuss their next steps, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

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"This list of demands is made to be rejected".

Qatar's Foreign Minister insisted that his country will formally deliver their response to Kuwait's Emir on Monday.

On June 23, a list of demands prepared by Arab countries had been handed over to Qatar through Kuwait with a deadline of ten days.

Doha has said it is ready for talks to end the crisis and Kuwait, which unlike most of its GCC neighbours has not cut ties, has taken the lead in mediation efforts.

The demands included that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera Media Network, close a Turkish military base and scale down ties with Iran.

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File image of Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

On 7 June, the United Arab Emirates says the measures against Qatar are "not about regime change" but rather about "change of policy".

The US State Department, which is an ally of all countries involved, has endorsed Kuwait's role as a mediator and called for both sides in the dispute to exercise restraint.

Trump "reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology", the statement said.

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