Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have issued Qatar with a list of 13 demands that it must comply with within 10 days if it wants them to lift their diplomatic and economic blockade, according to news agency reports.
The list of demands from the fours states, which cut diplomatic ties with Doha on 5 June and which are blocking air, sea and land routes in and out of Qatar, call for Doha to shut down state-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera, cut diplomatic ties with Iran, and close a Turkish military base in Qatar.
The demands include that Doha:
- Shuts down state-owned satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera;
- Cuts diplomatic ties with Iran including closing down diplomatic posts in Iran, expelling any members of Irans Revolutionary Guard, and only conducting trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US sanctions;
- Immediately closes Turkeys military base in Qatar and halts military cooperation with Turkey in Qatar;
- Ends support for terrorists;
- Hands over all individuals wanted by the four blockading countries for terrorism;
- Stops funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the US;
- Provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded in other countries;
- Refuses to naturalise citizens from the four countries and expel those currently in Qatar, in order to keep Qatar from meddling in their internal affairs.
Doha has been given 10 days to comply with the demands.
It has not been stated what will follow should it fail to meet any of the demands within the time demanded.
Since 5 June, Qatar has been subject to diplomatic and economic sanctions by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and several other Arab states, which accuse Doha of destabilising the region through its engagement with Iran and support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and ISIS.
Qatar denies funding terrorism and encouraging regional instability.
The list was handed over to Doha by Kuwait, which is mediating in the dispute.
The list was announced after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on 22 June urged the blockading states to make their demands reasonable and actionable.
Washington is reported to be frustrated over the time taken by the Saudis and others to formalise their demands.
On 21 June, the Saudi-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash as saying that if Qatar wants to restore relations, it must abide by the decisions of the GCC, and to stop its financing of extremism and terrorist movements in Syria and Libya and to abandon hosting listed figures.
If Qatar is seeking a separation with its policies, the divorce will happen even if its facilities and airport remain open to the world, it will remain detached from its surroundings, he is reported by the newspaper as saying.