Qatar continues with negative response to the demands

Qatar continues with negative response to the demands

Qatar's response showed a "lack of seriousness" in dealing with the crisis, according to a joint statement by foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Qatar, a small peninsular country protruding into the Gulf, also hosts the biggest USA military base in the region as a bulwark against Iran.

Qatar rejected the demands which include stopping support to groups like Muslim Brotherhood, closing Turkish military base in Qatar, and closing news organizations that include internationally acclaimed Al Jazeera.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the four countries reiterated the necessity to combat terrorism and to dry up its sources.

"Measures agreed with the USA on combatting counter-terrorism financing and also with Germany as an auditor are strong components of a positive broader settlement that allows both sides a measure of face saving", said Andrew Bowen, a Gulf scholar with the American Enterprise Institute who has met recently with officials from both sides of the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt as well as the internationally recognized government of war-torn Yemen broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in a major global rift on June 5, 2017.

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The news came a few days after Qatar handed its official response to the list of 13 demands to the emir of Kuwait, who has been mediating between Qatar and the four Arab states.

Doha's response says that Qatar is not the only Arab country that maintains relations with Iran, and the Arab countries, for their part, must also follow this requirement and reduce the level of diplomatic representation in Tehran, according to the Qatari press.

No further decisions or steps were announced by any of the foreign ministers.

The German Federal Intelligence Service will investigate the allegations made by some Arab countries that Qatar supports terrorism, the German Foreign Minister pledged on a trip to the Gulf region this week.

"We're not doing this because we want to hurt Qatar, we're doing this to help Qatar", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir said as reported by the BBC.

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The countries in question claimed that Qatar supports terrorist groups such as ISIS ("Islamic State in Iraq and Syria"), al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, and that Qatar threatens their national security.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, tweeted on Thursday: "For any real discussion with Doha to gain traction, it has to be responsible for past actions and recognise the necessity of changing course". He also said that the current embargo will remain in place unless Qatar revises policies.

"Qatar has not taken counter-measures, has not considered how it can attack the other countries in a similar way, economically or politically, but from the first minute has tried to ask for dialogue", Gabriel said.

Meanwhile, Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan kept up the pressure on Qatar.

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