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Qatar Rejects the Saudi-led Bloc's Absurd Demands

26 June 2017

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Mr Tillerson said Qatar was assessing the demands and stressed there were "significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to resolution". The demands against Qatar were prompted by allegations that Qatar condones and funds terrorist activity.

"This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the beginning: the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combatting terrorism".

Turkey, which has important ties with all GCC countries, shifted its weight behind Qatar and within days accelerated military cooperation.

Qatar said early Saturday it has received a list of demands by the Saudi-led Arab countries to end their blockade on the Gulf country.

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Regional allies have also come out in opposition to the list of demands.

Erdogan said Turkey had offered to set up a military base in Saudi Arabia as well as Qatar, but Riyadh had not responded.

Qatar has been issued 13 demands which among other things include closing the Turkish military base, cutting relations with Iran, closing Al Jazeera television and paying reparations.

He continued: "The Islamic world requires unity and integrity and the two countries can undoubtedly work together in this regard".

They are also demanding that Qatar 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.

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A Turkish foreign ministry statement Sunday reiterated that the deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar contributed to regional security and was not aimed at a specific country.

The Qatari emir, for his part, extended his congratulations to the Iranian president on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

We are ready to develop Tehran-Doha relations in all fields, continued the Qatari Emir, adding: "Relations between Iran and Qatar have always been developing and powerful". For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.

"A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension", he added.

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