Qatar criticises Saudi Arabia for refusing to negotiate on blockade demands

Posted June 30, 2017

Nearly three weeks after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt declared a blockade on Qatar, the Gulf emirate has been served with an ultimatum.

The U.S., which urges a diplomatic solution to the crisis, has been pushing for a list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable".

The Qatari response to the demands came 48 hours after the list was handed to Doha.

The Saudi-led bloc closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate's only land border, a vital route for its food imports.

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Afterward, Tillerson's spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statement saying the secretary and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah of Kuwait "reaffirmed the need for all parties to exercise restraint to allow for productive diplomatic discussions".

Meanwhile, Qatar said that its Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani will be addressing the media tomorrow (June 29) at the JW Marriott Washington DC on this issue.

Last week Riyadh and its allies issued 13 demands to Qatar, including the shutdown of the Turkish military base, or face further sanctions.

Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said that there will be no negotiations over his country's demand that Qatar stops supporting "terrorism"-an allegation Doha denies". The list further demanded the handover of citizens of four countries involved in terror activities and stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the USA; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded. Kuwait has been acting as an intermediary between Qatar and its accusers. That prompted Platts to stipulate that during its review Al-Shaheen loading from Qatar could not - unless mutually agreed by buyer and seller - be nominated for delivery once a deal had been struck in its pricing process known as market-on-close (MOC).

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"We can not "severe links with so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah" because no such links exist", he said in a statement.

UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on his Twitter account: "We have long suffered [Qatar's] conspiracy against our stability and witnessed its support for ideologies that aim to sow chaos in the Arab world".

President Donald Trump voiced full support to Saudi Arabia, accusing Doha of funding terrorism at a "very high level".

The threat is the latest escalation of the recent attempt to isolate Qatar diplomatically for alleged terrorist support, and for supposedly being too cozy with Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran.

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Sheikh Mohammed said in the statement that since it was impossible for Doha to stop doing things it had never been doing, "we are left to conclude that the goal of the ultimatum was not to address the issues listed, but to pressure Qatar to surrender its sovereignty".