Four Arab states that have isolated Qatar have reportedly handed the country a list of 13 demands, including some that are likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region’s worst crisis in decades.
The Reuters news agency reported that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had sent Qatar the list and had given the country 10 days to comply with the demands. Reuters cited an official from one of the four Arab countries.
Some key reported demands:
– Shut down the Al Jazeera media network and its affiliates.
– Halt the development of a Turkish military base in the country.
– Reduce diplomatic ties with Iran.
– Cut ties to terrorist organizations.
– Stop interfering in the four countries’ affairs.
– Stop the practice of giving Qatari nationality to citizens of the four countries.
10 days to comply
The Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.
The four countries say that the list will become void if Qatar fails to comply in the 10-day period.
Qatari officials have not yet responded to CNN’s requests for comment but said they would issue a statement later Friday.
But on Monday, Qatar’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the country would only begin negotiations to end the crisis after measures taken against the country were lifted.
“We can not expect an end to the crisis, solutions are not yet developed and the countries besieged Qatar have not provided any clear reasons for the steps they have taken,” he said.
The four Arab nations called on Qatar to sever ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al Sham.
Qatar — which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia — has rejected accusations it supports terrorism, calling them “unjustified” and “baseless.”
10-year monitoring period
The list of demands was presented to Qatar by neighboring Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the…